Whaley Bridge turned out in force for the town’s ‘most memorable’ carnival at the weekend.
Saturday’s procession was the biggest the town had seen in years, featuring 27 bands, floats and groups which paraded from the canal basin up to Horwich End and then back to Whaley Bridge Bowling Club.
Carnival committee chairman Martin Thomas said: “I think this was our best carnival yet and certainly one of the most memorable.
“The sun brought people out in force and the streets were absolutely thronged.”
Moving with the times, the committee said goodbye to the tradition of selecting a rose queen for this year, but the community still got behind the event with decorated lamp posts and businesses.
There were displays reflecting the World Cup, butterflies and even one to highlight the issue of plastics in the oceans.
Martin said: “The winning float for the procession was a new business, Lawson’s Autos, showcasing heritage and vintage motorbikes.
“It’s so nice to see people coming into the town and wanting to be part of the community.”
The party atmosphere continued at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club afterwards with live music from two pipe bands, Ju-Jitsu demonstrations and an extended fair.
Martin added: “A massive thank you to everyone involved in the carnival. From all the wonderful parade participants and everyone who decorated their houses, gardens, businesses and lamp posts around Whaley Bridge, through to all the behind the scenes helpers who make the carnival happen.”