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Carnival brings global flavour to Downham Market Festival

There was a party of international proportions in Downham on Monday as the town hosted its annual carnival.

The event marked the third day of celebrations for the 44th Downham Market Festival, which saw a colourful parade make its way through the town's streets.

The procession started at Heygates Mill and ended at the Howdale, where a variety of stage and arena events took place afterwards.

The festival's theme this year is Around the World which was embraced by a number of floats in the procession.

Downham Amateur Dramatic Society (DADS) promoted their next production, the Sound of Music, and their youth drama group Kids in Downham Drama Society (KIDDS) dressed as inventors from around the world.

DADS are due to perform the Sound of Music in October.

One of the town's Brownie Guide groups did their best imitations of animals from around the world for their float, and the Friends of Runcton Holme School decorated their vehicle with flags and dressed themselves in international costumes.

The festival continues with events across the town until the flag-lowering ceremony at the town hall on Sunday.

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