VIDEO: Crowds turn out for Kettering Carnival

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Crowds lined the streets of Kettering to watch the carnival parade pass through the town today (Saturday).

More than 40 floats, vehicles and walking groups participated in the annual event.

Kettering carnival parade

Kettering carnival parade

The carnival parade, which has been held in Kettering since 1948, takes in a three and a half mile route from Stamford Road, through the town centre and on to the Rockingham Road pleasure park, where a fete was held this afternoon.

All of the money raised on the day goes towards buying gifts for local blind people at Christmas.

Festival chairman Alan Cockshoot, who has been involved with the carnival since the 1970s when he was helping to marshall the event, praised the efforts of the more than 50 volunteers who help to run the event.

He said: “There was a good turnout. We hope to raise at least the same amount that we raised last year, which was about £4,000.”

Singers from the Kettering-based group Voices with Attitude belted out pop and rock hits from the back of their lorry as it passed through the town as part of the procession.

Group member Amy Winn, 25, from Broughton, said: “About 30 of us took part. I have done it before and it’s always good fun. It’s good to be part of a traditional event.”