Three days of fun ahead as carnival returns to town

Thousands of people turned out for last year's Chorley Carnival
Thousands of people turned out for last year's Chorley Carnival
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A rallying call has gone out for people to join a weekend of fun at this year’s Chorley Carnival.

The spectacle returns to Astley Park from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8 with a host of entertainment for people of all ages.

A soap star, Eurovision Song Contest winners and carnival royalty will be among the special guests.

And organisers hope the carnival will be as popular as last year’s event, which saw thousands of people turn out for the first carnival in almost 20 years.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “We have put all the work and effort in to making it a big event and it’s down to the people to come and support us.

“This is the second one since the revival. We are hoping people will get behind it in the same way they did last year.”

Several events have already been organised by the committee to help pay for the carnival, including a drive-in cinema, food festival and fireworks display.

The carnival itself will get underway on Friday, June 6, with fairground rides at Astley Park and a 1970s party night with a performance by Eurovision winners Brotherhood Of Man.

The following day, the carnival parade starts at noon at Botany Bay and goes along Eaves Lane, Lyons Lane, George Street and Market Street to Astley Park.

There will be an afternoon of entertainment at the park, including comedy cavemen, stunt shows, cheerleaders from Parklands High School, more than 30 stalls and the crowning of the carnival royalty.

The fun continues into the evening with the Chorley’s Got Talent competition at 6pm and live bands, including Red Moon Joe, in the marquee from 7pm.

Hollyoaks actor Ayden Callaghan, will be the special guest on Sunday, June 8, posing for photographs with fans and signing autographs at 3pm.

There will also be a fun dog show and a baby show, both starting at 1pm, plus a dog display team, clowns and more.

Carnival programmes cost £3 and are available to buy in various shops around the borough.