SWELTERING weather greeted hundreds at the first Rugby Carnival in over a decade.
Caldecott Park pulsated to summer sounds and reggae beats on Saturday (June 17) as DJs took to the decks and children played at a funfair.
Mayor Belinda Garcia declared the carnival open before a pulsating performance of African drumming.
Impact Dance, the Indian club and Rugby gymnastics club showed off their skills, while the Freestyle Martial Arts club performed a Chinese lion dance – a traditional dance which symbolises good luck.
And a limbo competition had participants doubling over – with laughter.
Organisers Vendon Wright and Kofi Abeng Leo revived the carnival to bring everyone in the town together.
Vendon told The Observer: “We thought we would put on this event to promote unity in Rugby with people from all nationalities.
“I love music and feel music has a magical effect of bringing people together.
“The beautiful hot summer day brought out the best in people. At the end of the day people from the crowd even helped to tidy up the rubbish and they left the park looking just as tidy as it was at the beginning.
“The wonderful warm atmosphere showed true peace, love and unity, and I am looking forward to the carnival next year.”
He thanked sponsors Call-a-Car, Nyama Foodz, Clock Towers Shopping Centre, The Huntsman and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre.
To get involved with next year’s carnival – which organisers hope will include a parade through the town centre, complete with floats – call Vendon on 01788 331255.