PHOTO GALLERY: Welly done, Dove!

Dove Holes Carnival.
Dove Holes Carnival.

Carnival goers donned their wellies - and some even flung theirs away - at a damp but otherwise successful Dove Holes Carnival on Saturday.

The rain held off for the village’s annual parade, as usual led by Dove Holes Brass Band and the carnival king, who this year is Alex Tideswell.

The 24-year-old joined fancy dress walkers, vehicles, floats and visiting carnival royalty in the parade from Dale Road to the fete field at the community centre.

Here, attractions ranged from a World Cup-themed scarecrow competition to welly wanging.

Carnival organiser Sally Tideswell said despite a few late cancellations, the event proved as popular as ever.

“It went very well,” she commented. “We thought the weather was going to be the spoiler, but it stayed dry until around 3pm when the heavens opened on the fete.

“We received some nice comments from people who watched the parade - ‘short, sweet and cute’, but that sums up Dove Holes Carnival!

“The parade of carnival queens was excellent, and the welly wanging proved surprisingly popular for all ages - and very competitive. I was amazed how far some of the little ones could throw their wellies!”

Thanking everyone who attended or helped behind the scenes, Sally said the event had already raised over £700, with the street collection yet to be counted.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the carnival king’s chosen charity - the Huntington’s Disease Association - with the remainder to be shared among local groups and good causes.