Crowds gathered to have fun and raise money for charity at this year's Great Dunmow Carnival.

Held at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 16, the festivities began with a carnival procession through the town.

Thousands of people were then entertained with live music, martial arts demonstrations, a funfair, stalls, food and drink stands and a fireworks display - as well as a free evening concert.

Dunmow Broadcast: The Dunmow Carnival procession travelled through the streetsThe Dunmow Carnival procession travelled through the streets (Image: Bellway)

Afternoon entertainment included the Mayor of Great Dunmow and the Carnival Queens, with performances from the Great Dunmow Town Band, Kyokushinkai Karate Club, ROM Theatre Arts, the Dance Exclusive and Dunmow Theatre Group.

Performers during the evening included Solar Chain, Kimberley Hilton, Trina, The Noisy Neighbours and The Lackeys.

Dunmow Broadcast: Mrs M's Sweets won the carnival shop window competition for the second year in a rowMrs M's Sweets won the carnival shop window competition for the second year in a row (Image: The Dunmow Carnival Committee)

The event raises money for local charities, and this year's beneficiaries were the Fragile X Society, which supports people living with the genetic condition, and Dunmow Theatre Company.

Dunmow Broadcast: Karate demonstrations at the Great Dunmow CarnivalKarate demonstrations at the Great Dunmow Carnival (Image: Capture House)

Kate Jones - sales manager for Bellway Essex, which donated £450 towards the event - said: "This glorious fun-filled event brought the community together on a fantastic day of celebration and it was great to be able to help out.

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"It was a brilliant family-friendly event which brought everyone together in an exuberant display of movement and music"

Dunmow Broadcast: Carnival Queen Hunnie BeedleCarnival Queen Hunnie Beedle (Image: David Beedle)

Dunmow Broadcast: Musicians performed as part of the evening entertainmentMusicians performed as part of the evening entertainment (Image: Capture House)
Dunmow Broadcast: Crowds were entertained with martial arts demonstrationsCrowds were entertained with martial arts demonstrations (Image: Bellway)

Dunmow Broadcast: Evening entertainment at the carnivalEvening entertainment at the carnival (Image: Capture House)