A pipe band led the carnival parade from the Kymin onto the Esplanade
The new multi-venue format for Penarth Carnival Day seems to have succeeded in reducing crowd-congestion on the Esplanade.
Crowds generally seemed thinner than last year – perhaps a reaction to the gloomy grey skies, the occasional drizzle and – in the wake of the Shoreham tragedy – the absence the l aerobatic flying displays which were staged at last year’s event.
This eye-catching choreographed walk/dance routine was accompanied by rhythmic drumming
Cogan Nursery School opened umbrellas as it threatened to rain on their parade
There was a Roald Dahl theme to this year’s procession
These Dahl costumes were evidently just the ticket for this local family
Samba dancers put their best feet forward to the drum accompaniment following them
If local residents didn’t know before about local Salsa/Cuban classes in Penarth – they know it now.
Outside his exclusive restaurant , top chef James Sommerin was cooking alfresco for the crowds
Also being snapped-up on the sea front today were Penarth mugs from “Love the ‘Diff” – licensed by Penarth Council at £9.00 each
Entertaining young and old outside the Italian Gardens were the Deckchair Dandies
There was an Open Day at Penarth Lifeboat House – which seemed to be recruiting a new generation of crew members. Later the lifeboat was in action in a demonstration and on a real emergency call
A popular innovation in this year’s Carnival Day was a “Petting Zoo” set up in Windsor Gardens
Umbrellas went up as the rain came down
TV news crews vied to interview the drivers in the “pits” of the Downhill Derby and view the contenders’ imaginative vehicles
Meanwhile there was some fiercely-competitive racing going on in electric vehicles piloted by talented five-year olds on an inflatable Grand Prix circuit on Cliff Walk . The only restriction was the drivers could not be older than ten and – a bit like real Grand Prix drivers – no taller than 1.5 metres
The Scouts set up their challenging vertical cliff face – but several youngsters had no qualms about making the ascent
The infectious rhythm of Samba Galez got several children joining in the fun at the Cliff Walk outdoor stage
Children couldn’t stop themselves dancing to the catchy samba beat
A small fairground had been set up on the Cliff Walk clock-golf course
An immaculate 1967 Ford Mustang was amongst the display of vintage vehicles
Also on show was this P5B Rover 3.5 litre saloon. The list price in 1967 was £1,625 plus tax.
More pictures from Penarth’s 2016 Carnival Day are coming up later
It was lifeboat crew member Karl Lawrence’s last Summer Festival before hanging up his yellow boots in May next year – and this is what they did to him – dunked him in the drink . Karl – one of Penarth RNLI’s helms – was playing the part of a rescue casualty summoning help with a smoke flare
Along comes the NPAS police helicopter which “spots” him and throws him a yellow inflatable buoyancy aid . But the police helicopter doesn’t have a winch.
Karl is bodily heaved up into the Atlantic 85 lifeboat … but more is to come
In comes the new red and white Coastguard helicopter to practice with Karl as a casualty again
A coastguard crewmember is winched down to Karl – who’s back in the water
Need a hand mate?
The coastguard “cable guy” soon has Karl supported in a sling to be hoisted up
There’s a dicey moment when the pair swing back on the cable – but finally they’re aboard and safe
The crowd waves to the helicopter. Job done. As for Karl – an hour later he was called out on a real “shout” with Penarth’s Insh0re lifeboat .