PICTURES: ‘Biggest and best’ New Mills Carnival delights

Furness Vale Primary
Furness Vale Primary

Thousands ‘rolled up’ for New Mills’ circus-themed carnival parade on Saturday.

Good weather for the town’s annual celebrations attracted families and friends alike, who watched the procession pass through the streets before finishing up on the recreation ground for some more circus-themed cheer.

Sean Whewell, one of the carnival organisers, said: “This was the best parade we have had in years and the biggest too.

“We had more than 40 community floats taking part - when the first groups were reaching the recreation field the last groups hadn’t even set off!”

This year’s circus theme was soaked up by the community, who really entered into the spirit of the occasion.

Sean said: “Coming to the carnival is a timeless day out, it brings generations together and doesn’t cost the earth to have a good time.”

It was a tough task to pick the competition winners, but the best float prize was awarded to St Mary’s Primary School and Foxes Den bagged the best walking float award.

Businesses and charities joined in the fun by decorating their windows in the run-up to big day. The best-dressed business award went to W. Potts & Son, while Age UK claimed top spot in the best-dressed not-for-profit organisation category.

Sean added: “I think we’re all winners if we enjoyed the day. So many people were having fun, which is what it’s all about.

“The windows looked great and many people will enjoy them. Thank-you to all those who got involved, it really brightens up the place for the big day. Well done.”