HUNDREDS of people got into the carnival spirit in Calne on Saturday as they enjoyed the town's annual summer festival and carnival.

The highlight of the day during which dozens of community stalls lined the streets, was a carnival procession through the town on Saturday including the most floats the town has ever seen driving through the high street.

The centre of town was abuzz with dance and music performances, fun rides and games, donkey rides and an animal petting farm.

This year the theme of the carnival was books, so there were talks by children's authors M.P Robertson and Mimi Thebo and the groups taking part in the procession were dressed to their favourite children books.

Town Crier Mark Wylie judged the walking entries of the procession with his son Harrison and author Mimi Thebo and chose Holy Trinity C of E Academy who did Wind and the Willows as the worthy winners

He said: "They were brilliant. It was easy to see how much effort they had put in, they were very worthy winners.

"The carnival was fantastic. Every year we seem to have more and more, it just shows that Calne is firmly on the map when it comes to carnivals.

"There was a big turn out and it shows it is becoming an established event in Calne.

Event organiser Erin Weaver, said: "It went really well and the festival was far more well attended than it has been in previous years.

"With the procession being so big this year it was a lot better and it flowed a lot nicer."

The float winners were: 1st Place, 1st Calne Scouts with The Wizard of Oz; 2nd Place, Calne Our Place with The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe; 3rd Place, Calne Evangelical Church with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The walking entry winners were: 1st Place, Holy Trinity C of E Academy with The Wind in the Willows; 2nd Place, Sunny Days Nursery with Peter Pan; 3rd place, Kittiwake Charity with Aladdin.