Chapel gets ready for carnival time!

The Chapel School float in last year's carnival.
The Chapel School float in last year's carnival.
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A party atmosphere is expected in Chapel-en-le-Frith this weekend as the town hosts its annual carnival celebrations.

A packed programme of events kicks-off this evening (Friday) with the judging of the best-dressed shop, house, pub and lamp-post competitions from 7pm.

Saturday is carnival day, and begins at 11.30am with the judging of floats and fancy dress entrants at the Jolly Carter, on Buxton Road.

Then at 1pm, the Grand Procession will leave the Jolly Carter and wind its way through the streets towards the carnival field at Chapel Leisure Centre, situated next to the High School.

At 2.45pm, a parade of visiting queens will be followed by the crowning of the new 2013 royalty: queen Katelyn Scowcroft, attendants Amelia Kilgarriff and Connie Oxbury, pageboy Callum Rodgers, junior queen Charlotte Jodrell, princess Jasmine Flemming, rosebud Kelsey Binning and petal Sarah Rodgers.

There will be displays by The Billerettes and the Chesterfield Musketeers, plus the usual selection of stalls and fairground attractions.

Admission to the ground is £1, or free with a carnival programme, the front cover for which has been designed by Chapel Primary School pupil Chloe Mallett. Programmes are available from local shops.

Events continue on Sunday with a pet show in the Memorial Park at 2pm.

Details of all the categories are available in the carnival programme, and entries will be accepted on the day. This is followed at 3pm by children’s sports in the park.

Chapel’s carnival royalty will pay a visit to Eccles Fold, Whitestones and Welby Croft on Tuesday evening, accompanied by the girls’ and boys’ brigade band.

Then at 9.30pm, Rems host a prize quiz night. Entry is £3 on the night, including a hot pot supper.

A display of classic cars and bikes will be held at The Old Pack Horse on Wednesday from 7pm, while on Friday (June 21), a car treasure hunt will take place, starting at Thornbrook Road car park at 6pm and finishing at the Old Pack Horse at 7pm. Admission is £5 per car. A walking treasure hunt is also available.

Chapel’s carnival celebrations draw to a close on Sunday (July 7), when the carnival royalty will attend morning worship at Chapel Methodist Church at 10.30am, followed by the blessing of the wells at the town hall.