Carnival is a huge hit

By Royal Appointment: Ambergate carnival King George Sutton and Queen Amy Blackwell lead the annual procession.
By Royal Appointment: Ambergate carnival King George Sutton and Queen Amy Blackwell lead the annual procession.

AMBERGATE celebrated its 30th annual carnival at the weekend – and it proved a major hit in the village.

Locals displayed their wild side as they got into the spirit of this year’s theme – which was animals

Cartoon Capers: Cruella de Vil and a dalmatian join the procession this year's Ambergate Carnival.

Cartoon Capers: Cruella de Vil and a dalmatian join the procession this year's Ambergate Carnival.

Lions, chickens, cats, dogs, cows, leopards and tigers all took to the streets to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

A host of exotic animals also joined in the fun as Oreo the racoon brought along some of his friends for people to meet.

Carnival-goers were given the chance to handle creatures such as snakes, lizards, meerkats and tarantulas.

There was also a birds of prey display by Willow Falconry.

Chicken Run: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.

Chicken Run: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.

And to top it off the weather stayed fine – apart from one shower.

Kate Pierce, vice-chairman of the Ambergate Carnival committee, said: “It was an event that was fun for all the village.

“It went very well and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There seemed to be a good turn-out.”

Among other attractions were archery, dance displays, live music, rides and stalls. There was also a display of photographs from the first-ever carnival.

Crazy Cat: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.

Crazy Cat: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.