A FAIRGROUND ride became an unusual home — for a swarm of 30,000 bees.
They descended on Paignton Green and settled on the Wild Mouse fairground ride.
A beekeeper was called in to take the swarm away after it appeared on the Green around mid-afternoon while Children's Week festivities were in full swing.
However, the bees were said to be 'placid' and there were no reports of anyone being stung.
Eye-witness Graham Frampton said: "They seemed to come from the direction of Queens Park and then out to sea before settling on the exit ramp of the Wild Mouse."
Beekeeper Gerry Stuart, who keeps bees at Paignton Zoo and recently featured in a television report on the plight of bees, was called by Tor2 to deal with the swarm.
After spraying the bees with water to encourage them to gather together, he swept them into a wicker basket to be taken away.
Mr Stuart said: "There were a lot of people standing around looking at the bees, which were quite placid.
"They weren't hostile at all."
Mr Stuart said the 'prime swarm' was likely to have come as a result of a queen bee splitting a swarm of 60,000 in half.
He added: "It's not unusual for bees to come out later in the season. They have had a really bad time over the last few years and they need to be looked after."
The bees were being taken to a 'hospital apiary' for a health check before being allowed to carry on in a new hive.