CARNIVAL fever was rife in Stourport as crowds gathered to watch the biggest parade the town had seen in many years.

With even more entries than last year, a packed parade made its way through the town centre on Saturday, filled with dancers, entertainers, decorated floats and unusual vehicles.

Mayor of Stourport Ken Henderson crowned the new carnival Queen, Rosie Ashmore, and the town was packed with carnival-goers late into the evening.

There was entertainment from the likes of Meg Shaw, Richard Ryan and local band Infinite Sauce, and a water display of decorated boats from Stourport Yacht Club.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

Committee treasurer Janet Allen said: "The day went amazingly well. We thought last year was great but this year excelled - it was fantastic.

"I believe the town was heaving and that everyone was in good spirits. We've had some amazing comments about the actual parade - it's the most entries we've had for a long time.

"The weather was good and the stalls were packed.

"We'd like to thank all those involved in every aspect - from the float suppliers to the people who turned out to support the carnival on the day.

"Last year was the best collection we've had for 10 years and we're hoping to have beaten that this year."

The RSPCA won the best dressed shop window competition with its cornucopia-themed display, made from recycled and donated materials.

Charity shop manager Tracey Marston said: "The cornucopia is a symbol meaning plenty to go around, so we decided to go along the theme of recycling.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"I spent two days at the car boot and Ella Low, who comes in and helps at the shop, made the cornucopia. We made the pumpkin from toilet roll and used scarves from the shop and twigs from the garden.

"We wanted to send a message about recycling and show that charity shops aren't something to be ashamed of.

"Without our volunteers and people's donations we wouldn't be able to carry out the work we do for animals in the local area."

The carnival ended with a firework display over the town.