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Colourful costumes on carnival floats led the way to this year's summer event in Helmdon.

The 21st Helmdon Carnival on Monday was a packed day of family fun, featuring quad bikes, vintage ploughing, Punch and Judy and Morris dancing.

Skydiving demonstrations by a display team from Hinton Airfield, a martial arts display, majorettes and pony rides were also part of the lively programme.

Karen Valentine, secretary of Helmdon Carnival Committee, said: "The weather was fine and it was absolutely fantastic. People were in such good spirits we even held an impromptu tug o' war at the end which was great fun."

Helmdon School won the prize for the best float, with their depiction of Victorian schooldays. It was part of the procession which led the way to the playing fields where the action took place.

Accrington Stanley played at the Carnival Dance on Saturday night, attracting 300 people, while on Sunday afternoon, Porterhouse Jazz Group entertained as preludes to the main event. Mrs Valentine said: "This year went very well and we hope that the weekend raised as much as last year, which would be great for the village and great for the community."

Cash raised will be divided among various village groups, with the Brackley Cottage Hospital receiving the largest share. The event last year raised around £4,000.

Brackley and Towcester Advertiser - 29th August 2003

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