Carnival fun goes ahead despite rain

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More than 5,000 people braved the pouring rain over the weekend to enjoy the fun of Chorley Carnival.

They dug out their wellies and umbrellas to descend on Astley Park and make the most of the attractions on offer.

Chorley Carnival's parade

Chorley Carnival's parade

And Market Street was packed with spectators as the traditional parade went by.

But the weather did have a big impact, with many people choosing not to attend the carnival.

Fewer people attended than last year and organisers believe they have not raised any money for charity.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “I don’t think we have made any money because of the costs we have had and the lack of people who came because of the bad weather.

“They came to Market Street but because of the weather, they didn’t go to the park.”

He praised all the volunteers and thanked everyone who did venture out.

Paul said: “Well done to the people who braved the weather and came to the park and thanks to everyone who stood to watch the parade.

“You can’t plan for the weather.”

The carnival committee is now waiting to find out how much it will cost to restore Astley Park and will meet to consider next year’s event.

The carnival was the second event held since it was relaunched last year after a 19-year absence.

The fun started on Friday evening with fairground rides at the park and a 1970s party night featuring Eurovision Song Contest winners, Brotherhood Of Man.

On Saturday, the parade set off from Botany Bay and contained representatives from many local groups and organisations, including Chorley Silver Band, Chorley Little Theatre and Chorley Pram Walkers.

The winning float came from Duke Street Nursery, with Legacy Rainbow House in second place and Parklands High School in third.

The parade arrived at the park for an afternoon of entertainment, featuring more than 30 stalls, a bicycle stunt team, cheerleaders from Parklands High School and the crowning of Chorley’s carnival royalty.

There was a Chorley’s Got Talent competition in the evening and live music.

Hollyoaks actor Ayden Callaghan, who plays Joe Roscoe, met fans and posed for photographs on Sunday.

The baby show was won by seven-month-old George Harrison, of Geoffrey Street, Chorley.

There was also a fun dog show, a dog display team and more entertainment.

And the weather did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who attended the carnival.

Paul said: “Most of the comments about the event have been very positive. Everyone has said it was good.”