Revived Dove Holes Carnival “gets better and better”

NBUA 24-8-13 RKH 14  Dove Holes Carnival - Dove Holes playgroup as Noah's Ark
NBUA 24-8-13 RKH 14 Dove Holes Carnival - Dove Holes playgroup as Noah's Ark

Hundreds flocked to Dove Holes Carnival on Saturday to enjoy the new attractions on offer.

Organiser Sally Tideswell said the event, which endured a 25-year-hiatus from 1981 and was revived in 2008, was “getting better and better”.

Crowds of up to 500 enjoyed the annual fete day at the community centre despite the drizzle, raising around £700 for local charities such as Dove Holes Brass Band and Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

As well as the traditional dog show, cake contest, scarecrow competition, welly wang, balloon race and the 1pm parade, this year, festivities included a birds of prey display.

Revellers were also treated to donkey rides, 120-foot assault course and a strong man competition for the first time.

Sally said: “We just wanted to do something different to attract more people.”

She added: “It rained, as always, but everybody had fun.”

The carnival king was crowned as Thomas Green, the son of the village’s first king, Alan Green, who took to the throne six years ago.