A COLOURFUL display of carnival history adorned Chard’s Guildhall at the weekend.

Even though the event was unable to go ahead, the town still celebrated the annual parade in style.

An assortment of costumes from past entries, props, models and more were put on show in Chard town centre.

Jason Baker, chairman of Chard Carnival, said: “We had just over 200 through the door on Saturday. There were about 20 different clubs and groups that helped with the display.

“Chard Museum had some costumes from years gone by, some old black and white photos, and some old copies of the Chard & Ilminster News.”

Gemini CC showed off some costumes from their first year, more than two decades ago, until last year.

Harlequin CC had some scale models of their recent entries, and there were further costumes from Zem CC, Juniors Reloaded, and One Plus One CC.

Mr Baker added: “It was really good to see all the clubs pull together.

“We have really great community spirit, and the word from the clubs is that they are all looking forward to get back out there next year.”

Although the actual parade was cancelled Chard Carnival still has a number of expenses, including insurance.

As well as collecting nearly £300 on Saturday, a GoFundMe page is open and there are collection tins in Chard’s shops.

With a couple of fundraisers coming soon, the team hopes to collect £1,500 to keep Chard Carnival running.