All eyes may have been on South Africa at the weekend, but Solihull people enjoyed their own party when the town’s summer carnival was held.
The 55th Solihull Carnival was held on Saturday and took over the entire town for the day with revellers enjoying warm temperatures and sunshine.
The carnival has been run by Shirley Round Table since 1955 and this year was a mixture of new attractions and old favourites. It kicked off with a procession from Malvern Hall car park and made its way to the High Street along local roads.
In a change to previous years, the procession stopped briefly in the High Street and shoppers were entertained with members of some of the floats, including belly dancers and morris men.
The procession came to a halt in Tudor Grange Park which was the setting for the main arena.
Entertainment included a fairground, live music and a dog display team. Music and commentary during the day came from the BRMB Roadshow.
Among the acts performing in the arena were Kings Norton Band, Kelly’s School of Dance and singer Sarah Haynes. There were also fitness displays by members of the Village gym teams.
Also keeping the crowds entertained were the Animated School of Dance, Solihull Theatre Train, Planet Dance and Olton Gents’ Choir
One of the highlights was the Carnival’s Got Talent. Based on the TV show, this saw acts of all ages and variety competing to be crowned the best of the carnival.
Proceeds from Solihull Carnival went to this year’s chosen charities: Marie Curie and HAVING Fun Together, the Hearing and Visually Impaired Needs Group.
Inbetween watching the action in the arena, revellers could also browse from a wide variety of stalls, selling everything from hot dogs and cakes to paintings and plants.