GALLERY: Thousands turn out as town basks in sun

Buxton Carnival, the mad scientists
Buxton Carnival, the mad scientists

Buxton basked in warm and sunny weather at the weekend as thousands of people turned out for the annual carnival.

Saturday’s procession featured a variety of colourful floats and foot characters, bringing well-known faces from music, TV and films to life.

The afternoon’s activities began with a Spitfire flypast, followed by the annual four-mile carnival road race, which attracted a record number of entrants.

Crowds lined the route to enjoy the bumper parade, which wound its way around the town, starting outside the train station and finishing in the shadow of Buxton’s Crescent. At the head of the parade was this year’s royalty, Queen Kelsie Johnson, rosebud Esme Anderson and attendants Amy Brittain Cartlidge, Matilda Anderson, Alexandra Farlam and Evie Howe, followed by retiring queen Katelyn Mycock and her retinue.

Music was provided by Burbage Band, Fairfield Band, the Northenden Pipe Band and the Dronfield St John Ambulance Band among others.

An afternoon of entertainment in the Pavilion Gardens followed the procession, including the annual parade of visiting queens, rosebuds and retinues, and the ever-popular Buxton Lions duck race.

There was also live music with the carnival day concert on the band stand in the Pavilion Gardens, which featured All or Nothing, Arkham Karvers, DaisyChain and DisFUNKtional.

President of the Buxton Carnival Committee, Arthur Packham, commented: “It was a splendid day and there was a tremendous turnout.”

And paying tribute to everyone who had helped make the day a success, he added: “The committee do a tremendous amount of work throughout the year, but the day itself depends on a committed group of volunteers who steward and make sure everyone has an enjoyable day.

“Thank-you to everyone who was involved.”