HUNDREDS of children lit up Faringdon Road Park with beaming smiles as they enjoyed the town's biggest summer fete.

The Children's Fete saw families from all over Swindon take part.

From bouncy castles to a show by the Boyd School of Irish Dancing there was something for everyone.

"I'm proud of all the girls," said Mary Fisher, from the dance school, whose beginners meet at St Mary's Church Hall in Cheney Manor Road.

"They are used to putting on a show for everyone. They range in age from five to 11 and are a very talented bunch."

Excited Chloe Jelfs, four, from Toothill, thought the fete was brilliant.

She said: "I like the slide - it was fun to go down it.

"I had my face painted to look like a butterfly."

Four-year-old football fan Casey Spencer-Harding, from Rodbourne, had a go at kicking footballs in a goal with round holes to win prizes.

He said: "Football is my best sport. I like Manchester United and Ronaldo is my favourite player."

Rebecca Marchant, 14, and Kian Mason, four, from Walcot, enjoyed riding the swinging boat.

"The fete is great for younger kids and families," said Rebecca.

"This is the first time I've been to the fete and it's a lot of fun.

"We've had some nice weather, which was lucky."

A Punch and Judy show drew in the crowds, which was organised by the New Mechanics' Institute Trust.

A mini football tournament in the middle of the park also got pulses racing.

It involved five teams playing a round robin competition.

Goa FC, whose team will play in the North Wiltshire League this coming season, were one of the squads who took part.

"It's nice to be involved in a team," said player Jason Marques, 13, "We're having a good time and hoping for a good result."

Swindon Mayor Steve Wakefield said: "I'm impressed by the turnout and would like to thank the sponsors.

"It just shows how good the Swindon community is when it works together."

The event was hailed as a great success by the organisers.