Soap star and rugby player to join fun at Adlington Carnival

Youngsters from Adlington Primary School enjoy last year's carnival parade
Youngsters from Adlington Primary School enjoy last year's carnival parade

Well-known faces, dozens of floats and a Vegas night are among the attractions planned for the 43rd annual Adlington And District Carnival.

The popular event returns from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12 at Jubilee playing fields, on Park Road, Adlington.

Preparations are now well underway for the carnival and programmes are being sold both door-to-door and at various businesses.

Jennie Snape, vice-chairman of the carnival committee, said: “All we pray is that the weather is decent and dry.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves and support us.”

The carnival weekend starts on the Friday with bingo at 7.30pm in a marquee.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves and support us.”

Jennie Snape

The traditional parade assembles at noon on the Saturday on Park Road and will return to its original route, after using an alternative course last year due to the closure of Railway Road.

It will go along Park Road, Westhoughton Road, Rawlinson Lane, Chorley Road, Railway Road and onto Market Street.

More than 40 floats and groups have already entered.

It will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment on the fields, which will include a pipe band, stalls, music from local bands, stunt crash team, sheep displays and more.

The field has been reorganised from previous years after the installation of a skate park.

The carnival royalty will be crowned at 2.50pm by Wigan Warriors rugby player Josh Charnley, who comes from Chorley.

In the evening, a Vegas night will be held in the marquee for the first time, with slot machines, card tables, singers and a disco. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the day.

On Sunday, there will be a junior football tournament, dog show, baby show, bicycle stunt team and other attractions.

Actor Sean Ward, who plays Callum Logan in Coronation Street, will meet fans at 3pm.

The main charity for this year’s carnival is Rosemere Cancer Foundation and it is hoped donations can also be given to local charities and good causes.

Last year, £6,000 was given to North West Air Ambulance and £1,500 to local causes.

Organisers would like to borrow a caravan for the carnival’s treasury. Anyone who can help is asked to call Alan Birtwistle on 01257 480370 or Jenny Hughes on 01257 475235.