Residents from our New Forest homes enjoyed the chance to step in time as their Mary Poppins-themed float brought a spoonful of magic to the Lymington Carnival.

They were among a 70-strong Team Colten, alongside carers, families, children and friends, who danced and sang their way along the route or watched from a special VIP viewing area at the Town Hall.

It all came together for what participants described as the ‘best carnival yet’.

Belmore Lodge resident Mary Young, a former Carnival Queen in her previous town of Devizes, Wiltshire, said: “There was a great buzz in the days leading up to it, with a lot of people putting in a huge effort to make it happen. It all paid off splendidly.”

A homemade carousel, complete with dancing horses, spelled out Colten Care’s five company values: kind, friendly, individual, reassuring and honest.

As well as Belmore Lodge, the homes involved were Linden House and Court Lodge in Lymington and Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.

The fun didn’t stop on Carnival day either. Woodpeckers went on to host a Sunday afternoon Mary Poppins show performed by team members and residents, re-using all the costumes and props.

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