People line the streets for Washington Carnival parade

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

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The people of Washington lined the streets to celebrate the history of their town.

Community groups, miners, and army cadets took to the streets for the Washington Heritage Parade.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, Town Crier Jim Chambers.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, Town Crier Jim Chambers.

Town crier Jim Chambers led the way, alongside Ferryhill Town Band, as the procession, part of the Washington Carnival, went ahead on Saturday.

The procession saw local colliery and school banners groups, WymRyder Motor bike group, local dance and theatre groups, The Rainbow Centre Children’s Centre, and others march from Washington Gardener’s Club, along Front Street and onto Albany Park, where a family carnival awaited them.

Jim, 71, who lives in Usworth, said: “I’ve led it for the last four or five years and it’s an honour to do it every time.

“I was elected as a town crier and the Queen’s own town crier Joe David travelled up from London to give me the outfit and everything.”

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, led by Ferryhill Town Band.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, led by Ferryhill Town Band.

The parade is part of the Washington Carnival, formerly the Washington Heritage Event, which helps chart the fascinating history of Washington whilst offering a fun-filled family day out with music, dance, traditional crafts, games, children’s rides, exhibitions and a range of activities and attractions.

Rides, games, stalls and inflatable challenges were in offer at Albany Park.

Keen bakers entered their cakes in the Big Cake Bake Challenge, and youngsters met some of their favourite characters, including Elsa and Anna from Frozen, the Minions, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol and Spider-Man.

Face painting, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and a play bus was also on offer.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Local performers, including Washington Theatre Group, TNT Dance Group, Courtney Hadwin and Tom Mouse Smith, also took to the stage to keep the crowds entertained.

Coun Linda Williams, chair of Washington Area Committee, said: “The Washington Carnival is a fantastic family event, with something for everyone to enjoy with children at the heart of the celebrations.

“We want to provide the members of our community with the chance to learn more about the magnificent history and tradition of Washington and feel part of it, whilst celebrating the area by taking part in all of the fun activities available on the day.”

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, led by Ferryhill Town Band.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park, led by Ferryhill Town Band.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.

Washington Carnival parade to Albany Park.