Revellers flocked to take part in Midsummer Madness – Dorchester’s rebranded summer carnival.

The day started off with workshops including costume-making and wheel-decorating at Brownsword Hall and the Corn Exchange.

More than 400 people from a wide variety of organisations took part in the walking parade, led by the New Hardy Players and their folk band Tatterdemalion, starting from the Borough Gardens and thence to Brewery Square and South Street before returning to the gardens, where the fun and games got under way.

Cheerleaders at the Midsummer Madness carnival event  Photo: Dorsetbays

Cheerleaders at the Midsummer Madness carnival event Photo: Dorsetbays

There was a variety of activities, including juggling, face-painting, treasure trails, and all-day music from bands including the Unravelling Wilburys, The Leggomen, Nina Garcia and many more.

The event was run by a new team including Town Crier Alistair Chisholme, event planner Sue Cull, Brewery Square’s Charlotte Spracklen and former mayoress Anita Harries.

“It was a great success,” said Alistair. “Everything went really well. It’s good to smiles on children’s faces.”

More than £2,000 was raised, which will be distributed among the groups taking part in the event.

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