Carnival time for New Mills

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THIS year’s New Mills Carnival takes place next weekend - and the popular annual event is set be a right Royal affair.

The theme for this year’s carnival, which takes place on Saturday June 23, is Kings and Queens, following on from the recent celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Organisers have booked more attractions than ever before for the parade, including several bands, walking groups from all the local schools and community groups and the ever-popular Billerettes. New Mills Carnival Committee will also be welcoming visiting Royalty from across the area.

The procession starts at 1pm from the junction of High Street and Meal Street and makes its way through the town centre, finishing at Newtown Recreation Ground (behind Swizzels Matlow) where a variety of field activities including a Bird of Prey flying display, circus skills workshop and a giant inflatable assault course, will take place.

The best dressed house and best scarecrow competitions will be judged between 6pm and 8pm on June 21 and the best dressed shop/establishment, pub and not-for-profit organisation will be judged on June 22 between 6pm and 8pm.

This year, judging of the walking groups and floats will take place along the route of the carnival and certificates and prizes will be awarded at the end of the parade in the arena on the fete field.

The fancy dress and best dressed pram competitions will be judged on the field arena after the parade. To enter any of the competitions, email newmillscarnival@hotmail.co.uk or call Barbara on 01663 743694 or Jeff Lawton on 07973 828723.

Organisers are hoping for good weather on the day to ensure a bumper turnout of people lining the streets for the parade.