Fun and games as carnival comes to town

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade

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It was a real party in the park as scores of people flocked to Todmorden for the town’s charity carnival.

Centre Vale Park was awash with colour as organisers put on a summer show to remember.

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Carnival chiefs were determined the showpiece event would be a success after weight restrictions were imposed on the park sparking the cancellation of the huge Todmorden Agricultural Show, also held at the venue.

And although last Saturday’s carnival wasn’t as grand as last year, it was still a huge hit with those who attended.

Chairman of the carnival Philip Clarke said: “All of the local schools that usually represent the carnival had pulled out in presumption that it was cancelled because of the agricultural show which was regrettably called off”.

The carnival that restarted in 1953 held activities and entertainment for all ages such as morris dancers, local dance schools performances, a selection of rides and live music.

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade

A fancy dress competition also took place. Vicky the Viking winning £50 in first place and Dennis the Menace winning £25 in second place. The Gruffalo also came in third place winning £15.

Two teams entered the tug of war competition.

First place going to the Monster Raving Loony Party, who won a whopping £200, and the Conservative Party who came second winning £100. The Conservative Party then kindly donated their winnings back to the carnival and their charity fund.

Mr Clarke said that despite the new restrictions imposed by Calderdale Council regarding the new pipe work that has been located in the park in order to tackle the flood issues, they did not want to cancel the popular event.

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade

“We spent in between £15,000-£20,000 for aluminium mats to cover the perimeter for the park, all of which came out of the charity fund.

“Thankfully, mother nature was on our side with great weather throughout the day,” he added.

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival at Centre Vale Park

Todmorden Carnival at Centre Vale Park

Todmorden Carnival Parade

Todmorden Carnival Parade