South Molton has celebrated one of ‘the most successful carnivals to date’.

Tarka Tots do Disney through the Ages for South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyTarka Tots do Disney through the Ages for South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

The annual festivities on Saturday organised by South Molton Rotary Club made the most of its ‘Past and Present’ theme by bringing together 26 former carnival queens on a special float.

The oldest former queen was Betty Ball at 90 years of age and the longest reigning was Marilyn Deacon aged 88, who was queen in 1949.

Peter Hardwick of the carnival committee hailed the event as one of the best yet and thanked all the people, businesses and organisations that helped to make it such a success.

There were 40 individual entries, 21 floats,11 walking and eight in other classes.

South Molton Carnival 2018 royalty. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton Carnival 2018 royalty. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Peter added: “The standard of entry was extremely high and showed much imagination, flair and hard work.

“What was pleasing was the participation of people across the ages from pre-school to senior citizens. Community involvement is alive and well in South Molton.”

Any monies raised after expenses are paid will be channelled to local charities and organisations through South Molton Rotary Club.

South Molton carnival queens since 1940. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton carnival queens since 1940. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Rugby club, Scooby doo, Dream machine, in the carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton Rugby club, Scooby doo, Dream machine, in the carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Games and Relaxation Centre's entry in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyGames and Relaxation Centre's entry in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Soul Takers from Torrington in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleySoul Takers from Torrington in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Jane and Ed Kent of Slimming World in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyJane and Ed Kent of Slimming World in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton Olde English Fayre Royalty in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton Olde English Fayre Royalty in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor Brayley

North Devon Young Farmers clubs do the wild west for South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyNorth Devon Young Farmers clubs do the wild west for South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton Music Centre's entry in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton Music Centre's entry in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Pennies and Pounds Past and Present, Neve squire and Alice Sloggie, in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyPennies and Pounds Past and Present, Neve squire and Alice Sloggie, in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon EllerySouth Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Simon Ellery

Firm Foundations Dance Academy in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor BrayleyFirm Foundations Dance Academy in South Molton Carnival 2018. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton 1st Scout Group in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor BrayleySouth Molton 1st Scout Group in the 2018 carnival. Picture: Trevor Brayley