Baking hot fun at Downham Market carnival parade. Pictures: Matthew Usher

The crowds turned out on a baking Bank Holiday Monday for Downham Market’s annual carnival parade.

Floats, vintage tractors, classic cars and marching bands paraded through the town to the sound of cheering crowds.

The procession started at the Heygates mill opposite the railway station and travelled up Bridge Street to the town clock.

It finished at the Howdale for a feast of fun activities, fairground rides, stalls and arena displays.

Riders from the Moto Stunts team showed off their bike skills, including jumping over trucks and performing wheelies while riding through a ring of fire.

Fans of dance were treated to Molly dancers and Zumba, as well as a display by Legacy dance troup. Justso James the clown staged children’s events, including the sack race and other competitions.

The day also included giant inflatables, zorbs and food and drink sellers.

The festival has been carrying on all week.

Today is croquet at Stow Hall gardens, coffee morning and photography exhibition in the town hall and  quiz night tonight at the same venue, 7.30pm start.

Tomorrow (Saturday) there’s an art exhibition and table top sale in the town hall, followed by bingo in the evening, eyes down at 7.30pm.

The annual fun day and dog show takes place at the Howdale on Sunday from 10am to 2pm, including falconry at noon.