HUNDREDS of people flocked to Horwich, and despite the dismal weather forecast, the sun shone on the annual carnival.

Organisers, who had prepared for torrential rain and strong winds, were rewarded with some sunshine as people flocked to Old Station Park, off Chorley New Road, for the two-day party.

The parade on Sunday, was a huge success, involving dance troupes and cheerleaders which travelled through Horwich town centre.

Pupils from Horwich Parish School dressed up as animals and Claypool Primary School pupils recreated Alice and Wonderland as they took part in the celebrations. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Pipe Band also took part in the parade.

It was the highlight of a weekend of festivities, which centred around a fairground, with bouncy castles, stalls, face-painting and fun activities, on the park.

A huge marquee housed competitions and events on Saturday, which included the crowning of the Carnival Royalty, by Bolton Wanderers’ mascot Lofty the Lion and The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Guy Harkin.

Babies, ranging in age from 10 weeks old to two years, competed in the bonny baby competition, which was won by 11-month-old Aiden Buckle.

There were prizes for all ages at the Day Wear show, as people competed to represent Horwich — Luke Bucke, aged 24, was awarded Mr Horwich, 10-year-old Aaliyah Sharplin won Miss Horwich and five-year-old Jacob Watson won Master Horwich. Vivienne Macleman, aged 55, who was crowned Lady Horwich, said: “I am Horwich born and bred and I support everything for Horwich. The more people who support the carnival, the bigger and better it can be.”

Dozens of dogs competed in the dog show on Saturday, winning categories ranging from cutest puppy, to best agility and catch the sausage.

Christine Warne, aged 50, took her eight-year-old granddaughter Chloe to the carnival. She said: “It has been really good fun.” Diane Woodruff, carnival committee queens manager, added: “It has been a fantastic two days.”