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Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Soham came out to play today – brilliant weather, enthusiastic crowds and packaged together in a superb all embracing family day out.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 people turned out in style as the sun shone on Soham Carnival this Bank Holiday Monday.

The annual event, held on the Recreation Ground, saw a parade of floats decorate the streets along with performances from top UK mountain bike display team Team Mad and the return of the Fun Dog Show for the second-year running.

Shaun Botting, who is part of Soham Benevolent Association who organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic day with a great turnout and brilliant atmosphere of people soaking up the sun watching the entertainment and having a drink in the beer tents.”

And organisers are already in talks to make next year bigger and better following on from this year’s turnout.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant


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Mr Botting, who has been involved with the day for more than 15 years, continued: “It was great to see most of the town turnout. The dog show had a lot of people enter so that was one of the main attractions this year.

“The parade floats looked amazing - they are always of a good standard but this year they really impressed.

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“It is all about keeping that tradition alive. We want to advance it and continue to put the work into it.

“There are already ideas for bigger events for the future, including a classic car show.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

“We want to bring the community together.”

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018.

Spectacular weather, massive crowds, huge community support - a bumper day for Soham Carnival 2018. It began early, finished late and was acclaimed as one of the highlights of the town year. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

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