MUSCLES were flexed, blooms were admired and a host of fun was had at what has been hailed as a town’s best carnival yet.
The 21st Billingham Carnival and Garden Show took place over the weekend, with around 5,000 people enjoying the sights and sounds on Saturday, and yesterday’s rain seeing a slight drop in numbers, though organisers say this did not spoil the fun.
Among the highlights were the crowd-pulling Strongman competition, which is one of the biggest in the country and attracts competitors from all over the UK.
The overall winner was Tom Shaw, from Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, Euros Garmo from Wales was second, third was Paddy McMann from Morecambe and fourth was Wayne Tunstall from Chester.
Other attractions included a flower and vegetable show, children’s rides and activities and a fun dog show.
Carnival spokesman Roger Black said: “It went fantastically. Saturday was brilliant and I think during the day it was one of the best carnivals we’ve had – there was plenty on and everybody seemed to enjoy it.
“Rain did dampen things yesterday but we got a good turn-out and the Strongman competition was absolutely fantastic. There was something for everybody. It can’t get any bigger but it does get better.”