MADDISON Finney may never realise how lucky she was.
For the nine-year-old Aston Carnival Queen and her two attendants were transported more than a mile by pony and trap in glorious sunshine.
And after the parade ended at Lodge Lane recreation ground, she was crowned by Rotherham Mayor Coun Dave Pickering as the sun continued to blaze down.
It was the perfect start to a summer event which was blessed by the weather, unlike so many others this year.
Only the lush green grass hinted at the washout of the previous month.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing. The parade was delayed after Dinnington Brass Band were hit by a short shower as they geared up at the start of the parade at Swallownest Junior and Infant school.
But from then on, despite thunderheads above, the day ran like a dream.
Organiser William Mawson said this year’s Aston Carnival - the eighth - was the biggest after organisations rained off at other events joined the fun.
The parade included the Air Training Corps, belly dancers, three vintage VWs, riders from Rotherham Wheelers and lots of children and parents in fancy dress.
The carnival had 37 stalls, archery, a children’s funfair and an arena featuring dancers, falconry, gymnastics and a dog show
Mr Mawson said: “Organising it all has been horrendously busy, but it’s all worth it. The best thing was when a lady said she had met some old friends she hadn’t seen for years.
“The aim is to promote a social gathering of families and people for the communities of Aston-cum-Aughton.”