THE annual Old Basing and Lychpit Carnival returned, with hundreds attending the popular event. 

On Saturday, June 15, people turned out for a parade from the Royal British Legion Club in Old Basing to the Recreation Ground, in The Street. 

The procession was themed around the Olympics with adults and children taking part. The Old Basing Royal British Legion Band took part in the parade, playing music as the procession made it way through the busy village lined with locals turning out for the festivities.

The recreation ground hosted loads of different event stalls for attendees to enjoy, including traditional games, food stalls and classic car displays, plus much more.

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Opening the event this year and presenting the trophies for the different classes of outfits was Old Basing resident Katherine Antrobus, who was part of a trio who recently rowed across the Atlantic from the Canaries to Antigua.

The carnival worked alongside Anvil Arts Musication Station to provide a drop in music project, which provided people of all ages and abilities to try a range of electric and acoustic instruments.

The arena saw displays and demonstrations of medieval sword fighting techniques from the Kites of Wessex, as well as dancers, a performance from Old Basing Royal British Legion Band and a martial arts display.

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There was also a number of classic cars on show, and the opportunity to try out archery. Around the arena there were also local craft and charity stalls, plus a great selection of foods and beverages.

Founder of language school Linguatastic, Fiona Biermann, who was one of the prize winners in the procession, said: "We try to represent the ethos of the Olympics and by representing lots of different countries around the world, we can help to encourage language learning in our community for all ages.

"With conflict in the world, it’s so important to unite and celebrate the games that will be starting in Paris shortly. Thank you to the organisers for putting on this fantastic event!"

One of the group's to perform in the arena was Paul Jones Judo. 

Founder Paul Jones, who now lives in Black Dam but previously lived in Old Basing, said: "It's lovely to be part of the community and to show off the kids' ability. The kids enjoy it and it's a great opportunity to show the public what we're all about."

PC Jayson Richards said: "It's been a lovely event and its nice for us to have the opportunity to be here and engage with the public. We've had lots of fun showing off the van and chatting to people, and we've even used the stretcher and been arrested by the kids! It's been great."

Use the photo gallery at the top of the article to see some of the best photos from the day.