Thousands of people lined the streets of Chesham for the Schools of Chesham Carnival at the weekend.

The 42nd Schools of Chesham Carnival took place on Saturday (June 11) with the usual procession of floats representing local schools, businesses, clubs and charities.

This year’s carnival theme was 100 Years of Roald Dahl and children and adult dressed-up as characters from his well-known books including Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits.

Following the procession, the fun continued in Lowndes Park with children’s entertainment, a barbecue, tea tent, bar, grand draw and dozens of stalls.

There was also an arena with performances and prizes were awarded for the best floats.

The entertainment in Lowndes Park was officially opened by comedian and Chesham resident Alex Horne.

The Chesham carnival began in 1974 after founder David Steel saw how much fun people had at a pram race in the town, and he convinced a group of locals and parents to form The Schools of Chesham Carnival Committee.

Mr Steel died in 2012 but his legacy lives on with a trophy named in his honour, which is awarded to a person or team making an outstanding contribution to the day.

This year that was awarded to Michele Podbury.

42nd Schools of Chesham Carnival Awards

Best overall school float (Bucks Examiner Cup)

Thomas Harding

Walking schools

1st - Newtown School

2nd - Ivingswood Academy

3rd - Chartridge School

Lorry Schools

1st - Waterside

2nd - Chesham Bois

Commercial Trophy

3rd Chesham Scouts

Committee Special Achievement Award (David Steel Cup)

Michele Podbury