Carnival set to go ahead

***EDI***'Jim Bowen receives a thnakyou from fancy dress contestants Gail Halton, left, and Sally Price at Adlington Carnival

***EDI***'Jim Bowen receives a thnakyou from fancy dress contestants Gail Halton, left, and Sally Price at Adlington Carnival

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Organisers behind one of Chorley’s longest-running carnivals say the “show will go on” as they prepare to mark a special occasion.

Leyland’s festival on Worden Park was called off last Friday over waterlogged and flooded grass verges.

However, officials of Adlington Carnival are not going to let some rain dampen their spirits as they are spending thousands of pounds to ensure that their 40th anniversary goes ahead.

Jennie Snape, who is on the organising committee, said: “We have put a lot of effort and money to try to get it to take place.

“There is going to be a metal road and walkway being put onto the field which will allow for the wagons and marquee which has cost us £1,200.

“We are in talks with Chorley Council but they have not pulled the plug on the event.

“I have been told that all we need to make sure is that the field is left how we found it which is going to probably cost us a bit more money but we will wait and see.

“We are on our hands and knees praying for it to stay dry.

“However, as it is such a special occasion that the show must go on.

“The parade will take place whatever the weather as we have lots of local schools and clubs doing floats for the event.”

The parade will come off Park Road on to Church Street following up on to Rawlinson Lane and Chorley Road.

It comes just five months after it was reported that carnival organisers were looking to cancel the event because of a lack of support and help.

But thanks to the power of Twitter lots of people rallied behind them and offered to run and advertise it. The committee are putting walkways on the field. On Friday night, there will be the marquee on the Jubilee Playing Fields with a monster bingo with prizes including a voucher for a carpet or rug worth £150, Kindle e-reader and a television up for grabs.

Among the highlights of the activities on Saturday include the parade at 12.30pm with a classic truck event, food stalls, Majorettes performing.

At night there will be a Robbie Williams tribute act and tickets are on sale for that at John’s Newsagent and the Bottom Post Office on Market Street.

On Sunday, among the planned highlights include a rounders tournament, local bands and Crocodile Joe with his Wild World of Creatures and finally the star of the show Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle will be signing autographs.