HUNDREDS of people swarmed to the 'small but still strong' Feltham and Bedfont carnival.
The community spirit was as lively as always as around 200 people, young and old, descended to celebrate the 61st year of festivities, at different venue in Bethany Church, last Saturday (June 8).
The downsized one-day event was packed with fun including henna, a painting competition, crafts and flower pot man stalls, with the baby show and comic caricaturist drawings proving to be the highlights.
Marie Rogers, vice-chairman of the carnival committee, said: “It went really well considering it was short notice and change of venue. Everyone said it was a real shame the carnival was moved but thanked us for putting something on.”
Among the crowds were carnival queen, 11-year-old Shelby Wetherall-Rust, and her attendant Chloe-Jayne Botterill, aged 14, as well as MP for Feltham and Heston Seema Malhotra.
Ms Malhotra said: “The Feltham and Bedfont carnival was a fabulous event in the very heart of the community, bringing together old and young in a spirit of community celebration. The organisers deserve congratulations for making it happen, and must have the support they need to make this bigger and better next year.”
Historically the carnival has been held at Blenheim Park over the weekend but was forced to move after more rules and regulations were imposed by Hounslow council’s park contractor John Laing Integrated Services.
However a series of smaller events are being planned for later in the year including Bedfont and Feltham’s Got Talent and a panto.