PICTURE GALLERY: Parade shows carnival spirit

The curtain came down on Skegness Carnival in spectacular style on Sunday.

Crowds lined the streets to watch the carnival parade wind its way through the town.

Skegness Carnival Parade

Skegness Carnival Parade

The showpiece occasion had been washed out the previous weekend in a deluge of wind and rain.

In contrast there were sunny smiles and cheery waves as the parade bought the week-long carnival to a fitting conclusion.

Organisers refused to be beaten by the storms caused by ex-hurricane Bertha and worked tirelessly to re-arrange the event.

Teams of volunteers were recruited in quick time to ensure a successful day.

The weather played its part too with the blues skies and sunshine in contrast to the wind and rain a week earlier.

Carnival Committee chairman Margaret Taylor was delighted the decision to re-organise the parade had paid off.

She said: “It went wonderfully well, so we must say a big thank you to all who stepped up and helped.

“There was a good turnout and everyone who attended was very supportive.

“All the volunteers worked extremely hard and did a good job.

“Several people who had not been involved previously came forward to assist.”

She added: “We were not bothered by weather throughout the week, but made sure we had umbrellas and thermals to hand.”

The parade had a heroes and heroines theme marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War and 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Judging of the carnival floats took place at Wainfleet Road Playing Field before the parade. Half the proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes, the first time an outside charity has benefited from the event.