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Heroes and villains entertain big crowds during popular annual street procession.
Luke Adams, reporter.

HEROES and villains put their best foot forward for this years Woodley Community Carnival.
The popular annual procession saw dozens of floats travel from Comet Way to Woodford Park, before guests enjoyed an afternoon of fun.
An iconic 1966 Batmobile was one of the main attractions at this year's event, complete with crime fighting gadgets and a host of other free activities for the 58th year.
Money raised from the day was used to support Me2 Club, Woodley Community First Responders, Just Around the Corner and Woodley Food Bank.

Schools and community groups battled out for top spot in the float competition and Woodley CofE Primary School claimed first prize.
Peter Jacobs, who has been chairman of the carnival committee for the last eight years, said this year was their biggest and most successful to date.
He said: "It was quite overwhelming to see how big it has become the support this year was absolutely fantastic.
"We had more interest than ever before and people were really keen to be involved with the procession. We had to close applications for the stalls because we couldn't fit any more on.

"It was fantastic to see the children getting into the theme by dressing up as superheroes and enjoying the attractions such as the Batmobile. "There were lots of themed events and community groups bought into that with their own events."
The carnival is organised by a team of dedicated volunteers every year and many of them have to balance day jobs with the responsibility of making each year more successful than the last.
Preparations are already in place for next year's event and the carnival committee will be seeking ideas from the community for the theme for the 2019 event.
Guests enjoyed classic attractions, including a car and dog show, while teams from the emergency services were also on hand to take questions from visitors.


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