Bulgarian dancers and samba drummers were just some of the striking features in the ‘Countries of the World’ themed Tonbridge Carnival on Sunday. This theme extended to another universe when an alien lifeform in the shape of one of Dr Who’s Daleks turned up.
More than 3,000 people lined the town centre’s streets to enjoy the party atmosphere.
The annual event, organised by the Tonbridge Lions, was bathed in sunshine and families flocked to the High Street for a lively procession, followed by musical entertainment and a fete in and around the castle.
There were prizes for the best entries featuring the Countries of the World theme. Cage Green Primary School won the junior section with a British look, the Bulgarian Dance Group claimed the adult category, Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre went Irish and won best float, and the Wonder Girls from West Sussex took the majorettes’ category.
Various marching bands also performed as part of a Southern England competition. This was won by the Hertfordshire Showband. They played a string of classic tunes on the castle lawn spanning everything from the Ghostbusters theme to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long.
Tonbridge Mayor Mark Rhodes said: “It was a brilliant afternoon and great to see so many people out on the castle lawn for the event.
“I think it’s been just as good as I remember it from my days when I was actually in the carnival myself back in the 80’s.
Peter Godsall, Chairman of the Lions’ organising committee, said the event raises thousands of pounds for charity. This year’s proceeds are going towards helping those less fortunate or disadvantaged in the local community.
He added: “It’s been a very colourful day with everyone gathering on the castle lawn for a real community event.”