SIR – On Saturday afternoon I travelled to Worcester via Rainbow Hill and into town and exchanged to my wife how the traffic in the city was awful and getting worse as we crept along at snail pace!

Halfway up the City Walls Road I could see flashing lights and high visibility jackets, lots of people and immediately thought the congestion was due to an accident.

As we drew nearer it was clear that the carnival procession was making its way up towards us on the opposite side of the road.

Our vehicle was now at a standstill as the whole event passed us.

Children and adults were singing, dancing and dressed up in all sorts of costumes and the colour, atmosphere, noise and spectacle was absolutely fantastic.

I marvelled at the immense hard work and creativity of the floats and in particular the last Disney float from a Perdiswell youth group which was unbelievably brilliant.

I opened my window and was handed a leaflet for an upcoming Singing in the Rain presentation at Huntingdon Hall and was then subsequently drenched by squirting water from their float as the children laughed their heads off and the fun and hilarity by everyone involved in the carnival was entertaining and uplifting.

As we slowly continued our drive through Worcester, it was clear the diverted traffic, organisation, stewarding and route policing were expertly managed and pre planned.

It was the best traffic hold-up I have ever experienced.

Well done and congratulations to the organisers and participants of Worcester Carnival; you did yourselves and the city of Worcester proud.

Cliff Slade

Tenbury Wells