PYTHONS, motorbikes, medieval re-enactment fighting and death-defying stunts were among the fun at the first day of the New Addington People's Carnival today. The sun shone over Milne Park and the many shows, stalls, contests, fun-fair rides and ice-creams, with the procession due to take place from midday tomorrow. Beautifully dressed Connor Lockhart, 7, and Della Mead were crowned carnival king and queen, while winning prince and princess were Aaliyah Ollivierre, 3, and Zack Gardner, three months. Among those enjoying the day were Marie Smith, 32, and her two-year-old twins Lexi and Karlel. She said: "I come every year - it is a fun day. "I have been around the fun-fair and we went on one of the rides all together; [Lexi] was a bit scared." Fifteen acts competed in New Addington's Got Talent, including singers, a flautist and a gymnast. Nicola Catley, 6, won the contest with her performance of Naughty from the musical of Matilda by Roald Dahl, and will perform in tomorrow's procession. Second place went to young crooner Ethan Harper while gymnast Amy Wilson and singer Rosie Vant tied in third. Also winning a contest was tiny chihuahua Ted, who came first in musical chairs for dogs. His owner, Sam Broye, said: "The weekend is a lot of fun. "I live in Shrublands (Shirley) but was brought up here and always come to the carnival. "I will be coming back tomorrow for the procession." The procession is due to leave Vulcan Way between noon at 12.15pm and arrive in Milne Park at 1pm. Also up tomorrow (Sunday June 22) in Milne Park will be performances by Countrywide Falconry, Stannage International Stunt Show, Fair Isles Medieval Society, Bromley Gems Cheerleaders and Future Born Music. The procession will be led by the Royal British Legion Farnborough Branch Corps of Drums, and is scheduled to be judged at 1.45pm. An all-faiths church service is due to be held at 10.15am, with all times approximate and subject to change. (More photos to follow)
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