Summer Princesses were chosen and crowned during the Princesses Fun Day in Shefford last weekend.
The event held in the grounds of St Michaels Church was the first Fun Day planned as an alternative to the Summer Gala normally held in September.
A large crowd was entertained by performances of the Shefford Majorettes, the Stotfold Twirlers, dance groups from Shefford Lower School and Robert Bloomfield Academy and Mr Squirty Wirty, a children’s entertainer.
Other attractions included the Rave Bus and an exhibition of World War Two memorabilia by the Shefford History Society.
Town Mayor Paul Mackin said: “The original Summer Gala and Parade took a great deal of organising over most of the year and we could not attract enough volunteers to the organising team.
“I felt it was important to continue the selection and crowning of the Summer Princesses event as, I think, they provide us with a valuable asset and it gives the young people a slightly different view of our community.
“After all it is the young people that we are trying to maintain our community for. The result was the Princesses Fun Day.
“The organising team was much smaller, though no less dedicated, and many people commented that they liked the smaller event.”
The highlight of the day was the selection and crowning of the Summer Princesses. After considerable deliberation 10-year-old Sara Woodward, and Amelia Warmington, nine, were crowned Summer Princesses for 2015/16.