PROBLEMS with the British weather could not stop this year’s Copmanthorpe Carnival being a success.

Organisers brought forward the annual family day out by a week so it would not co-incide with the visit of the Tour de France to York.

When the heavens opened, up went the umbrellas and the fun continued.

“Everyone said to me it was a great day and they will come again,” said the carnival’s chairman Martin Pickard.

Numbers were down on last year - when the sun shone - and Mr Pickard said some regular attenders may have been caught out by the change in date.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the odd person turns up next week,” he said at the end of the week of activities in the village that culminated in the carnival, which this year had a cycling theme.

An enormous slide that took children from above treetop height to the ground and donkey rides were big draws.

Elsewhere, carnival goers had the chance to hold snakes at the reptile road show, jump among dinosaurs on a prehistoric themed bouncy castle, listen to live music, visit a country market and engage in all the usual fun of the fair.