DESPITE competition from the town's annual RNLI raft race, about a thousand people line the streets of Rhyl for its 128th annual carnival.

Revellers at the Rhyl carnival took advantage of a small window of good weather on the morning of Sunday, June 23, o take in a parade featuring floats and a variety of activities at Coronation Gardens.

The community celebration - which was organised by Rhyl Carnival Association and began on Wellington Road -was led by a regal flotilla of extravagant floats, with this year's Rhyl royal family including May Queen Summer Heywood, Princess Tilly Williams, Rhyl Rosebud Grace-Leigh Lewis, Petal Dixie Rawlinson, Cymru Petal Olivia Mae Lewis and Miss Rhyl Chloe Lee taking pride of place.

A spokesperson for the Rhyl Carnival Association said: "Even though we were in competition with the Rhyl Harbour Raft Race this year, we still had a fantastic turnout of about a thousand people."

Following the parade, there were a whole host of stalls, a fair ground. bouncy castles and a visit from a fire engine and crew from Rhyl Fire Station as well as dog and baby show competitions.

While the parade itself enjoyed good weather on its journey to Coronation Gardens, the organisers were not to be deterred by a summer downpour at about 4pm,with Rhyl's royalty carry on with their second showcase of the day defiantly.

"It was a fantastic day, and thankfully the weather held off until the late afternoon so the Queen's could showcase their Carnival Wear, and we still managed to carry on our second Day Wear show - if under a canopy.

"The organisers wish to thank the people of Rhyl once again for coming out to support the parade and help keep the tradition alive."