UNDER grey skies and continuous drizzle, Botley residents enjoyed the explosion of colour which came with the village’s sixth annual carnival.

Protected under a canopy of umbrellas party-goers filled the Square to see Brenda Fowler crowned Carnival Queen, to watch a bright procession, and then travel to the recreation ground.

The weather caused the cancellation of a full sports programme, but those who stayed at the ground were treated with an impressive fancy dress competition.

Of the procession, from a small girl on a decorated cycle – “A rose in a garden of weeds” – to the monumental “100 years of fashion” night’s dance held in the British Legion Hall – it was a real carnival affair.

The Queen’s attendants were Joan Collins, Marion Carey, Susan Lane, Penny Powell and Wendy Edmunds.