HUNDREDS of people packed the streets of Ross-on-Wye on Saturday to witness this year's carnival.

A record 15 entries took part in the annual extravaganza, including Conservative councillors Phil Cutter and Andy Atkinson, who dressed as Smurfs and renamed themselves the ' ConSMURFatives'.

They came second in the class three category, with Woodedge's Disney Variety coming top.

Other award winners were Ross-Pre School Playgroup (class one) with their Robin Hood-themed float, Fun 2 Sea Nursery's Secret Garden (class two) , Sugar and Spice Dance Group (class four) and Wonderland Group (class five).

The class six classic vehicles category went to R. Seabourne and his vintage tractor, while the 'Queen of Hearts' won the Pam Allen Trophy for the best handmade costume.

The carnival princess was Ebony Ruby Scotford.

"The judges were impressed by the effort which went into floats and costumes and the determination to carry on even as the rain threatened at the last minute," said Ross Carnival committee member Luke Williams.

"The streets were packed with supporters, a testament to the community spirit in the town."

Meanwhile, the winners of the 'odd object' competition were also announced on the day.

Organised by the Association of Ross Traders (ART), people had to work out which object in shop windows were odd.

Tilly and Dotty Williams won the aged nine and under category, Kieran Terry and Josh Murphy came top in the age 10 to 16 section and Sarah Williams in 17 and over.