A colourful display from Douglas Carnival

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Weather forecasters’ predictions proved correct and the first Douglas carnival for years went ahead in fine weather.

The steady rain from earlier in the day fizzled out in time for the 6.30pm start and people lined the edges of the promenades for the parade which took around an hour to pass.

A variety of organisations were represented from Hospice Isle of Man to Douglas Town Band, Ellan Vannin Gymnastics, Vagabonds’ rugby club and the Green Centre.

Robinsons was giving away oranges and the Filipino Association put on an impressive display of marching and dancing. There were people on stilts, people on bicycles and a miniature penny farthing, not to mention old folk fighting in slow motion on Segways. A number of classic car owner had clearly spent hours polishing their pride and joy to a mirror finish specially to join the parade and these were joined by a number of vintage buses, some from Jurby transport museum, the oldest being a 1928 former Douglas Corporation single decker.

Supporters of Hospice ended their parade with a technicolour powder paint fight by the Jubilee Clock.

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