Despite a very wet day the IW Day Parade, this year held in Cowes, saw hundreds taking part.

Starting from Ward Avenue the parade wound its way through Cowes and in some areas of the town, particularly the High Street, keen supporters turned out to watch. many glad of some shelter from shop doorways.

Bands added a cheerful note and dancers seemed happy enough to dance in the very wet streets.  Several  of the Island Carnival Queens took part and the procession included cars from Esplanade Garage, now re-located to Cowes, and title sponsor of the event.

Whilst waiting for the parade to start members of Girlguiding  IW performed an impromptu ‘Singing in the Rain’ complete with a few dance steps and actions. With all the girls waving colourful streamers and IW Day flags this was enjoyed by those watching.

The Chairman of IW Council Lora Peacey-Wilcox gave a particular thank-you to the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides for taking part on such a wet day.

Elsewhere on the Island other events took place to celebrate all the good things the Isle of Wight has to offer.

At Vernon Cottage, Shanklin Old Village cream teas with scones in the diamond shape of the Island were available and proved so popular that these special scones, both plain and fruit filled, will remain on the Vernon Cottage menu.