Prestwich Carnival was back for another year, with thousands of people turning up to enjoy fun in the sun at the weekend.

The event was held in St Mary’s Park in Prestwich and has been a highlight of the social calendar for more than a century.

Saturday was a ‘fun day’ where people enjoyed funfair rides, performances on the main stage and entertainment from the majorettes who were competing in their regional competition.

Children enjoyed donkey rides, craft activities and free archery sessions next to the bowling green. 

On Saturday, George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks entertained families and brought the day's entertainment to a close. 

The Joseph Holt Grand Carnival Parade featured an array of community groups, which set off at 12pm on Sunday in a one-and-a-half-mile route, which included Heywood Road, Fairfax Road and Bury New Road, returning to the park field at around 1.15pm.

Participants in the parade included Macca's Bar float, J-STAR Academy, Rockfit with Jenny, The Yogalady and Rossendale Drum Majorettes. 

Pictures from the weekend show people shopping at stalls, enjoying rides and an array of food and tasty treats. A dog show was held throughout Sunday. 

So Retro Events were at the event and a spokesperson said: “ What a fabulous day team So Retro had today, raising lots of money for Prestwich Carnival in the Grand Parade.

“The kids were incredible with their collection buckets, and they handed out loads of So Retro stickers.

“Everyone looked fantastic in retro gear from all eras and the vintage vehicles and marching band made for a spectacular performance.

“Thanks to everyone who took part, everyone who came to watch, and a big thank you to those who donated too.”

Roch Valley Radio said on Facebook that the event attracted ‘hundreds’ of people despite the rising running costs.

A spokesman said: “Prestwich Carnival took place this weekend in St Mary's Park, Prestwich.

“Hundreds of people lined the streets to support the event despite rising running costs over the past couple of years.”

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Peter Roberts, carnival chairman for the last five years said of the event: “We’re really surprised by the quantity of people here, but the sun is shining and there’s loads of people enjoying themselves.

“We’ve got the stage up and tribute acts and local groups will be performing later.

“We try and involve as many community acts as possible and put as much as we can on that’s free because this is a community event, and we involve the community so we want to give them something they can come to and enjoy.”

It’s thought that around 10,000 people attended across the whole weekend.