Crowds celebrate annual Harpenden Carnival at Rothamsted Park

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Residents flocked to Rothamsted Park for the annual Harpenden Carnival on Saturday.

Falconry displays, dog shows and live music were just some of the things on offer at the event, which is organised by the Round Table.

However, this year’s carnival did not include the usual street procession, and some visitors believed this resulted in a lower turnout.

Elisabeth Grover, group leader of the Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scouts, said: "It wasn’t as busy as others. I assume that’s because there wasn’t a procession this year.

"People usually follow behind the floats and come in that way."

However, she said the Scouts enjoyed the day and they made £500 towards their new scout hut with a tombola and by selling jam jars.

She added: "It went really well. There were some really nice stalls, exciting events and shows - it was a great event.

"The stall was really busy and our Scouts enjoyed it. We were really pleased to raise £500."

Helen Hooper, from local business Drama Llamas, also had a tent at the carnival.

She said: "We had a lovely day. Our tent was packed full with happy smiling children.

"This year’s carnival wasn’t as busy as last year which I think was because they didn’t have a procession.

"It was a shame but it got busier as the day went on."

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