New additions to this year’s Chapel Carnival programme

2015 Chapel-en-le-Frith Carnival royalty, queen Hannah Lomas, junior queen Jasmine Fleming, princess Olivia Lomas, rosebud Sarah Rodgers and retinue Lottie Barton.
2015 Chapel-en-le-Frith Carnival royalty, queen Hannah Lomas, junior queen Jasmine Fleming, princess Olivia Lomas, rosebud Sarah Rodgers and retinue Lottie Barton.

Organisers are putting the finishing touches to preparations for this weekend’s fun-packed Chapel-en-le-Frith Carnival.

This year’s event, which will be held on Saturday (June 20), features a programme of activities for all the family.

Following the judging of floats and fancy dress at 11.30am, a grand procession will depart The Jolly Carter, on Buxton Road, at 1pm, following a route along Buxton Road, Market Street, High Street, Manchester Road and Long Lane, finishing on the carnival field at Chapel-en-le-Frith Leisure Centre.

The entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon and into the early evening with live music, stalls and fairground rides. A parade of visiting queens will be held at 2.15pm, followed by the crowning of the new 2015 royalty, queen Hannah Lomas, junior queen Jasmine Fleming, princess Olivia Lomas, rosebud Sarah Rodgers and retinue Lottie Barton.

Jeanette Saxby, carnival committee chairperson, said a new addition to the programme was an open mic session, which will get underway from 4pm.

“We wanted to extend the programme this year to offer more entertainment, more variety, so there are a few new additions which are sure to appeal to all ages,” she added.

The bumper weekend continues on Sunday with a six-a-side football competition at the leisure centre from 10am, followed in the afternoon by a pet show, tug of war competition and children’s sports in the Memorial Park.

Rems hosts a quiz night on Tuesday at 9.30pm, while a parade of classic cars and bikes will be held at the Old Pack Horse on Wednesday from 7pm, complete with live band and barbecue.

Another new addition will be a talent show at Chapel Playhouse on Thursday (June 25) from 6.30pm, with junior and senior categories.

For full details on these and other events, pick up a carnival programme on sale at shops and businesses in the town, priced £1, or visit the Chapel Carnival Facebook page.

Anyone wishing to enter the carnival procession should contact Jeanette on 01298 813829.