MORE than 1,000 people poured into Trowbridge Park on Saturday for the town's annual carnival country fair and boot sale.

Glorious sunshine greeted the crowds who were treated to dozens of stalls, music, dance groups, fair rides, a dog show and an open mic attraction on the bandstand in a fun-packed day.

Almost 31 years to the day after town crier Trevor Heeks first took up the role at the same event, he was back at 10am to open the fair, something he was deeply honoured to do.

"It was just a fantastic day. The weather could not have been better, the atmosphere was superb and everyone went home smiling - you can't do much better than that," he said.

"There were dozens of stall holders, from charities, to local groups, to some of the best looking cakes you will ever see. I am diabetic so unfortunately I could not have them but boy did they look tasty.

"On September 6, 1986, I became town crier at this very event so to start the day off was very special. This is a great build up to the Trowbridge carnival and although that is not until next month I am looking forward to it already."

Another hugely popular attraction was the dog show put on by Trowbridge Wessex Mead Rotary.

"There is such great variety on show for people to enjoy and that was clearly reflected by the large crowds on a gorgeous day," said one of organisers, Maryrose Mantle.

"The Frome Flyers Cheerleading Squad also came down and they were excellent. The boot sale was a big hit once again as people sold off their past treasures and made some money to buy new treasures.

"I want to thank Trevor for his continued support and cheeriness and to all of the volunteers who made this possible, they are just priceless. We do need more helpers for the carnival committee. If you like fun and laughter then you are the ideal person.

"This is a great fundraiser for the carnival procession, which still could do with more local and youth groups, next month and excitement for that is building all the time."

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