A traditional British deluge didn’t stop stoic revellers turning out in force for the long-awaited Tring Carnival on Saturday.
Months of hard work by the small Tring Carnival committee culminated in a well-attended event, which is now in its third year.
The fun began with an air ambulance fly-past over the High Street parade, which included a brass band, schoolchildren dressed as Dalmatians and members of the Court Theatre’s production Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which is planned for September.
Paralympian Martine Wright, who lives in the town, declared the carnival officially open in Pound Meadow – and due to the rain had to improvise and shout her message following a microphone failure.
The crowds then descended on the Tring Brewery beer tent to take shelter as the rain came down.
Luckily the sun did finally come out, which meant visitors could truly appreciate more than 70 stalls – which offered everything from locally-laid hens’ eggs to handmade chocolate – and plenty of other attractions including a bouncy slide popular with the youngsters, a dog show and live music throughout the day.
Food fans were in heaven as they browsed the different stalls selling fudge, flatbreads, pork pies and other delectable delights, which they devoured while enjoying a varied programme of music, dance and sport displays in the central arena.
The dog show was organised by Tring Youth Town Council and was well attended by 30 local dogs and their owners, despite the adverse weather.
The canine competitors were put through their paces to be in with a chance of being considered for six catergories, including Best In Show.
One of the winners was just two years old – Hazel and her dog Lola were triumphant in the category of Best Junior Handler.
Celebrations continued well into the evening, with live performances from acoustic five-piece band Old Country Union and Soulfish in the marquee.
The weekend of summer celebration concluded on Sunday afternoon with jazz-blues in the marquee, courtesy of the Music Fest.
Organiser Vivianne Child said: “I want to say a massive thank you to the people of Tring for supporting Tring Carnival.
“The weather for the parade was awful but 400 young people still smiled and waved and laughed as they danced down Tring High Street. We love Tring!
Visit www.tringtogether.org.uk to find out more.