TWO carnival champions took on the Chard parade route once more at the weekend, despite there being no prizes up for grabs.

Rebecca Wilton scooped awards for best walking adult entry at 2019's carnivals, and was joined in the town centre by walking juvenile winner Kai Newberry.

Although there were no crowds flanking the streets, and no trophies available to win, the pair took to the streets again with their own mission in mind.

Rebecca said: "So it's myself as Spirit CC from Yeovil and Kai Newbury, aged seven, from Chard. We are last years overall South Somerset carnival walking adult and walking juvenile winners.

"As walking entries we normally take part in around 20 carnivals a year and decided we couldn't let the year pass without doing something to mark what would have been the carnival days. So we decided to walk the four town routes. Wellington, Ilminster, Chard and Taunton."

Despite Storm Alex sweeping across the South West, the pair still competed the Ilminster route on October 3.

And on October 10, they walked the Chard Carnival route and finished at the Guildhall.

Throughout the challenge, Rebecca and Kai have also been collecting money.

"On Saturday, on what would have been chard carnival, we walked the route and also supporting the carnival by adding to their display in the guildhall with past costumes," said Rebecca.

"The money we are raising is to help with the carnival park that is currently waiting for planning permission.

"We really want to help secure the future of carnival in our local towns."

You can find out more information about the charity challenge progress by visiting the pair's Facebook page, Rebecca & Kai's Carnival Walks.

The pair have also set up a GoFundMe page for people to make donations online.

So far, it has collected more than £100.

Just visit to add your contribution.

Alternatively, you can see the pair on their next walk in Taunton on Saturday.

The time of the walk will be published later this week on