Rallying call to turn out for Chorley Carnival

The royalty elect for Chorley Carnival

The royalty elect for Chorley Carnival

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Organisers hope the sun will shine this weekend for Chorley Carnival.

Work is expected to start at Astley Park tomorrow to put fencing up ahead of the three-day event.

And after last year’s washout, it is hoped the forecast sunshine will appear and people will turn out in force.

Paul Wilkins, chairman of the carnival committee, said: “After the catastrophe last year with the bad weather, we want everybody to turn up and we can look forward to making some money for the charity.

“A lot of hard work has gone into it by a small band of volunteers and we want everyone to come and support us on the day.”

Plans are now well underway for the carnival, despite it being briefly cancelled last month.

“After the catastrophe last year with the bad weather, we want everybody to turn up and we can look forward to making some money for the charity. “A lot of hard work has gone into it by a small band of volunteers and we want everyone to come and support us on the day.”

Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival committee

The committee decided to axe the carnival claiming it could not afford to pay a bond to Chorley Council for any damage to the ground at the park, but a deal was soon reached which meant it could go ahead as planned.

The carnival will start on Friday, when a funfair begins at Astley Park at 5pm.

The popular carnival parade will set off from Botany Bay at 11.30am on Saturday, with crowds expected to line the streets to see it pass.

It will go along Eaves Lane, Lyons Lane, George Street, Market Street and Park Road into the park.

The rest of the day will be filled with entertainment, including a dog show, cheerleaders, stalls, the crowning of carnival royalty, and special guests the Mayor of Chorley, Coun Marion Lowe, and actor Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria Sugden in ITV1 soap Emmerdale.

On Sunday, registration starts at noon for a baby show and fun dog show.

There will also be a stunt show, car show, dog agility display and appearance by actor Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale.

Festival Circus will perform three times on Saturday and Sunday, as well as holding circus skills workshops.

Programmes are now on sale at businesses in Chorley.