THOUSANDS of people turned out to support Thornbury's carnival, with a soaking early in the event failing to put off the huge crowd.

A badly timed downpour hit the town just as the carnival procession was getting ready to leave the Castle School.

But the sun soon came out and as the parade made its way through the High Street, shoppers and carnival-goers packed the pavements to watch the bands, walking groups and floats go past.

Organiser David Goldring said: "It was disappointing to have the rain but the numbers of people who turned out were fantastic. There were thousands there turning up in a constant stream.

"We've already received comments from people who went along saying how much they had enjoyed themselves.

"As well as all the entertainment, there were also 140 stalls on the Mundy Playing Field. The carnival was big, busy and very enjoyable."

Among the highlights of the day was an air display involving a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Down on the ground a Red Arrows flight simulator was a big hit and with an extra stage set up, there were three in use throughout the event.

Live music was played by a range of bands, including the Street Heat samba band, the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums and Thornbury Town Band, and families enjoyed funfair rides, Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides.

Mr Goldring said the carnival involved many local community groups, schools, businesses and charities, including the Thornbury-based Brain Tumour Support - formerly Hammer Out.

Walking groups played a big part in the procession, which also featured classic cars.

Now, after the clear-up, attention is already turning to next year's attraction.

Mr Goldring said: "It will take place on Saturday, July 4, which is American Independence Day, so there will be an American theme for the carnival."