THE sun and smiles were out in Cockermouth on Saturday.

The town was full of colour, music, dancing, beautiful floats and fantastic costumes at the annual carnival.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the procession headed through the town centre to Memorial Gardens.

Leading the way was Cockermouth Mechanics Band.

Mayor Julie Laidlow, who organises the event with fellow town councillor Isabel Burns, said: "There's a great atmosphere, a good turnout and the sun is shining. We are all delighted."

More than 60 people took part from Fairfield Primary School, who had a clear and colourful message: Stop ocean plastic pollution.

The PTA have been hard at work, organising the school entry. Pupils, parents and staff created a huge octopus from recycled carrier bags.

They also made a banner from bottle tops.

A workshop was held at the school where children could create sea themed items from recycled material.

Head teacher Chris Steele said: "The school's Eco Club have been working hard this year at reducing plastic. We thought it would be a good idea to tie it in with the carnival.

"As a community school we think it's really important to support the carnival. The children all love being involved."

Taking part in the carnival for the first time this year were Kayla Baker, three, and Joey Saxton, who were the Prince and Princess.

Kayla's grandmother, Diane Smith, said: "I was in the carnival when I was little, it's brilliant for the town. Everyone should take part."

Fairy Queen Lucy Reeve, seven, looked very at home on a beautiful flower-filled float created by mum Joanne Wilkinson.

"It's her first time on a float," said Joanne.

"I was Miss Valentine when I was her age, with a pony and a trap. It's a happy day and lovely to see everyone coming together."

This year's carnival queen was Sharon Hine, 11, who was accompanied by Olivia Fidoe, seven, and Anaya Richardson, four.

Shannon's mum, Kerry, said: "She was very excited, Shannon loves taking part in the carnival."

Councillors Laidlow and Burns have been on the committee for more than 30 years. They resurrected it two years ago after a five-year break.