RAF flypast confirmed for Buxton carnival

Organisers of Buxton’s annual carnival are calling for more people to help marshall the parade – as well as confirming an RAF flypast will once again take place.

By Ed Dingwall
Wednesday, 25th May 2022, 8:23 am
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2022, 11:15 am

The weeklong festivities will get under way with the unveiling of the well dressing decorations on Sunday, July 3, followed by the arrival of the James Mellor funfair on Wednesday, July 6, and the carnival on Saturday, July 9.

Michael Hilton, a member of the organising team, said: “The carnival day needs your help. We do get some support from the police on the day, but we are responsible for marshalling the parade.

“Without marshals we cannot go ahead, and we have to be able to demonstrate that we can safely manage events on the day.”

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A Second World War Hurricane will be flying over Buxton as part of the celebrations. (Photo: Andy Weatherstone)

He added: “If you could spare a few hours on the day to assist with crowd management and our road blocks, you will be helping in a group at various points along the route, not on your own. Please email Richard, [email protected]

The well dressing ceremonies have been a highlight of Buxton life since at least 1840, when the townspeople were first granted access to fresh water from the Market Place fountain.

Three wells are dressed in the town every year: the Market Place Well and St. Ann’s Well opposite the Crescent are dressed by volunteers and the Children’s Well in Spring Gardens is dressed by pupils from Buxton Community School. These teams spending as many as 300 hours on just one creation.

As well as events on the ground, the organisers have confirmed plans for a very special moment in the skies above Buxton on carnival day, July 9, – a flypast by a Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight RAF display group.

Michael said: “I am sure we all remember the fabulous sight last July, of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, flying circuits low over the town to celebrate Buxton well dressings – which was actually postponed in 2021 – and the Buxton International Festival.

"Powered by the same Rolls-Royce Merlin engine as the Spitfire, the Hurricane will always be remembered for the vital role it played in hectic battles during the summer of 1940. Hurricanes destroyed more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than did all the other air and ground defences combined.”

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