THOUSANDS of people turned out in Stourport last weekend to enjoy this year’s sun-drenched carnival.

Residents and visitors lined the streets and the riverside to enjoy the festivities of the 93rd annual Stourport Carnival on Saturday (September 1).

Organisers are still counting up the full amount of money raised for charity but added they were delighted with the turnout, after being assisted by the sunny and warm weather.

A host of floats and street performers paraded through the streets while decorated boats took to the river later in the day.

This year’s royal consort was made up of queen Laura Potts, princess Gabby Evans, rosebud Hermione Homer, prince Zach Savage and young prince Harrison Bianco.

Carnival committee chairman Russell Hinton said: “It was a truly brilliant day, everything went really well and showed the fantastic community spirit we have here in Stourport.

“The weather was great and everyone who turned out seemed really happy and had a great time.”

He added: “We really need more people to get involved in the carnival committee though. We have a great team but would welcome more help to organise things, contribute ideas and help out on the day to ensure we can keep going into the future.”

A number of prizes were also handed out to the best floats in a number of categories. This year, the Best Shop Window competition was held in an online poll via Facebook – with the winners being Mooch Gifts & Home.

Justin Thomas, Sensei at Young Gloves Karate who won a prize for "Best Decorated Carnival Float", said he was delighted with the achievement of his group.

He said: “It was the biggest and most successful for years with thousands of people taking to the street to watch the carnival pass through the streets celebrating the community’s activities.

Celebrating the fact that karate is now in the Olympics, over 200 children from the club actively designed and created various "Karate Olympic" themed art pieces to create this year's club carnival float.

“The fact that the club encouraged all children inclusively to take part made it a very special effort.”

Anyone interested in getting involved with next year’s event can contact the committee by emailing