VIDEO & PICTURES: New Mills Carnival a hit for thousands of people

Toes were tapping, music was playing as the New Mills carnival parade took to the streets.

Once again the annual family fun day proved to a be a hit and organisers believe more 6,500 people came out to support the event.

New Mills Carnival, a Thriller from Sutherland Reay

New Mills Carnival, a Thriller from Sutherland Reay

One of the carnival committee members, Sean Whewell, said: “The parade was a real highlight, we had more music than ever before and lots more floats which I think helped add to the sense of occasion and made it feel a bit more special because it was longer.”

This year’s theme was the theatre and crowds were treated to performances from The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Michael Jackson’s Thriller from schools and groups.

Sean said: “By picking a generic theme it allowed people to express there creativity in such unique ways and I was so impressed with the effort everyone put into their floats.”

Mel Redfern, 25, from Charlesworth said: “I work in New Mills but have never been to the carnival before and it was great, the parade was amazing.”

New Mills Carnival, a Shrek theme for St Georges Primary

New Mills Carnival, a Shrek theme for St Georges Primary

Aaron Marchington, 26, from New Mills, was supporting his stepdaughter who was in the parade.

He said: “This is a great day and brings the town together, it’s nice to be part of something.”

After the parade, which also featured three pipe bands and two brass bands and a ghostbusters car, the fun headed to Newtown Recreation Ground, behind Swizzels Matlow.

There was a fair, a food court a bar and more family entertainment such as a climbing wall and games.

New Mills Carnival, Alice in Wonderland Newton School

New Mills Carnival, Alice in Wonderland Newton School

Sean said: “We wanted to create a family day out which didn’t result in parents having to put their hands in their pockets for everything.”

Stephen Potts, 64, from New Mills said: “We come every year but this is the best carnival we have ever seen, I have never seen so many people or floats - it is so well supported and the organisers have done a cracking job.”

The carnival has raised in excess of £1,000 for the New Mills Art Theatre and its new roof which Sean said was a fantastic achievement.

New Mills Carnival, the gypsy dancers

New Mills Carnival, the gypsy dancers

New Mills Carnival, Christine Verity as Violet from Willy Wonka

New Mills Carnival, Christine Verity as Violet from Willy Wonka

New Mills Carnival, the Arts Theatre float

New Mills Carnival, the Arts Theatre float

New Mills Carnival, The Lion King, St Mary's Primary

New Mills Carnival, The Lion King, St Mary's Primary

New Mills Carnival, Lyndsey Wood and Nicola Taylor as the grannies from Willy Wonka

New Mills Carnival, Lyndsey Wood and Nicola Taylor as the grannies from Willy Wonka

New Mills Carnival, the Scouts and Cubs

New Mills Carnival, the Scouts and Cubs

New Mills Carnival, Furness Vale Primary with their Willy Wonka theme

New Mills Carnival, Furness Vale Primary with their Willy Wonka theme