SPIDERMAN, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot men and many more amazing costumes helped make Wroughton Carnival one of the biggest and best ever.

Leading the parade, schoolchildren dressed in lion outfits and with their faces painted gold waved to crowds flanking the High Street.

The youngsters were joined by scores of other dressed as everything from a football to ancient Romans.

Michelle Newnham, chairman of the Wroughton Carnival organising committee, said there were 20 groups taking part – making it the biggest parade of the last few years.

“The carnival brings everybody together,” she told the Adver.

“It’s a nice day, where we can all celebrate and raise funds for good local causes.

“There’s a lack of community events around sometimes. It’s good to have this event. There’s something for all ages – from babies to older people.”

Taking part in the parade, Tracey Clark, 37, had made four-year-old son Edison a giant football costume out of papier maché: “He wanted to come as a football. The theme is ‘in the garden’ and he said, ‘I play football in the garden.’

“We’ve been making the costume all week – Edison has been helping.”

Shannon Midwinter, 23, joined daughter Amelia Farmer, three, in the parade as part of the Tick Tock playgroup contingent: “It’s amazing. I’ve been coming to the carnival ever since I was born. It’s fun and nice to see everyone come together. There’s nothing else like this in the county.”

Everly Morse, three, had come dressed as a brightly-coloured butterfly. She was joined by mum Kay, 32: “I’ve watched the carnival for years.”

Watching on, Wroughton mum Terri Wilkinson, 41, said: “It’s nice to be part of the community. I’ve come to the parade seven or eight times.”

Stalls packed Weir Field, while handsome canines competed in charity SNDogs’ show. Wiltshire Police brought along vintage panda cars to display alongside their modern equivalents.

Lyn Smith, a volunteer with Wroughton community speedwatch, praised the Carnival: “It brings the community together. The committee has done a really good job.”

This was the third year the Wroughton Carnival has been held, since a hiatus from 2014 to 2016.