Festive fun as Ilfracombe Carnival is hailed as one of the best in some time

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Christmas, pirates and Little Britain joining the space race were among some of the colourful entries at this year's Ilfracombe Carnival.

A host of walking entries and floats from families, friends, local businesses and organisations gathered under glorious skies on Sunday for the community event organised by Ilfracombe and District Lions Club.

Christmas was a popular theme, with the Dotto Train carrying Santa, joined by dozens of festive characters from the Combe Christmas crowd and Make the Move, celebrating the town's recent success of winning £10,000 in Christmas lights.

Ilfracombe's mayor Paul Crabb was on hand to award trophies to the category winners before climbing aboard the Round Table float.

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Reaction on social media so far suggests this has been one of the best carnivals to be seen in a while.

Ilfracombe Lions would like to thank local businesses that have donated money, trophies and services for the carnival, including Ilfracombe Co-operative and its customers for donating more than £1,000 to help with the cost, while Ilfracombe Holiday Park has given £400 towards prizes.

The Lions also thanked all the volunteers who made the event possible.

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

More fun from Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Wytchwynd PhotographyMore fun from Ilfracombe Carnival 2017. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography

Live music on the seafront during Ilfracombe Carnival. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.Live music on the seafront during Ilfracombe Carnival. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.

Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.

Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.

Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.Ilfracombe Carnival at the seafront. Picture: Wytchwynd Photography.