Thousands turn out for carnival extravaganza

Chorley Carnival's parade
Chorley Carnival's parade
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Thousands of people turned out for a weekend of fun in the sun at Chorley Carnival.

People lined the streets to watch the parade of decorated floats, carnival royalty and members of local organisations in colourful costumes as they made their way from Botany Bay to Astley Park on Saturday.

The park was a hive of entertainment, with attractions including a funfair, dog show, cheerleaders, stalls, the crowning of carnival royalty and more.

Festival Circus performed three times on Saturday and Sunday, with workshops also held for people to learn circus skills.

On Sunday, there was more fun with a baby show, dog show, car show and stunt show.

Two Emmerdale actors spent time meeting fans and posing for photographs - Isabel Hodgkins, who plays Victoria Sugden, attended on Saturday, and Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesy, was there on Sunday.

Paul Wilkins, chairman, of Chorley Carnival’s committee, said the town was “buzzing”.

But he said the parade was not as long as it had been in the past.

And he was disappointed by the number of people who attended the carnival on Sunday.

Paul said: “There was a good atmosphere on the park and in the streets.

“We are glad that in the end it all came together and went ahead.”

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman

“It’s just disappointing on the Sunday not having as many people in the park.

“Other than that it’s quite positive. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it, the fair was busy and there was a good atmosphere.”

Chorley Lions are now counting the money collected at the carnival, with the total amount raised expected to be announced by organisers in coming days.

And the damage to the ground at Astley Park was being assessed yesterday.

The carnival was cancelled briefly last month after the committee claimed it could not afford to pay a £7,500 bond to Chorley Council for any damage to the ground.

But a deal was soon reached, which saw the committee pay a £4,000 bond and agree to pay for all reinstatement costs after the event, and the carnival could go ahead as planned.

Paul added: “We are glad that in the end it all came together and went ahead.”

Don’t miss our eight-page souvenir picture pull-out in today’s Chorley Guardian.