Carnival needs you to make it a glittering success

Todmorden Carnival Queen 2013, with her retinue and the retiring Queen are, from the left, Carnival Princess Miss Alison Donnelly age 11, Retiring Carnival Queen 2012 Miss Chloe Donnelly, 13, this year's Carnival Queen 2013 Miss Romina Thomas, 12, and Carnival Princess Miss Katie Donnelly, 9.
Todmorden Carnival Queen 2013, with her retinue and the retiring Queen are, from the left, Carnival Princess Miss Alison Donnelly age 11, Retiring Carnival Queen 2012 Miss Chloe Donnelly, 13, this year's Carnival Queen 2013 Miss Romina Thomas, 12, and Carnival Princess Miss Katie Donnelly, 9.

Todmorden Carnival is set to go back to the future for the 60th anniversary of its reformation.

The event, held in Centre Vale Park, on Saturday is set to attract thousands of people to the town for an afternoon of family fun.

Organisers are this year celebrating the wonderful history of all the town’s previous parades and have set a theme of Todmorden Carnival Needs You - Past Parades of Todmorden.

With pre-day tickets priced at just £1, available from Todmorden News Centre at Bridge Street in the town centre, and at Lifestyle Express, Halifax Road, and all proceeds going to local charity, it really is an event that everybody should support.

Carnival committee chairman Philip Clarke said: “This is the 60th anniversary since the carnival restarted so it’s a bit of a celebratory year.

“We’re trying to keep the entrance fee as cheap as possible to encourage families to come. We want to see as many people as possible come down and enjoy the day.”

The parade will start at 12.30pm from Sanworth Street and make its way along Halifax Road, Burnley Road and in to Centre Vale Park.

This year has seen the re-introduction of floats to accompany the traditional foot tableaux. Some of the themes which have already been registered include “cave men and cave women”, “summer holidays”, “fantastic Ferney Lee/ Todmorden flood defence” “suffragettes”, “super heroes” and more.

Taking pride of place at the head of the procession will be the new queen, 12-year-old Romina Thomas, who will be accompanied by her Carnival Princesses Alison Donnelly, 11, and Katie Donnelly, nine - sisters of last year’s queen, 13-year-old Chloe Donnelly.

A wide range of on-field entertainment has been lined up for the carnival field, which will take place after the event is officially opened by the Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth at around 1.30pm. This will include the classic tug-of-war, dance displays from students at the Dawn Chapman School of Dance (DC Dance) Bazzmatazz and the Todmorden Belly Dancers, while other musical highlights will come from the City of Preston Pipes and Drums Band.

Experienced karate expert Bob Smith is organising a display of skills from that discipline, while Pendle Agility Dog Club will also be in attendance. Residents are encouraged to bring their own pooches down to the park to be put through their paces. Children’s entertainer Ratty Roberts will be ready to entertain younger carnival goers and a range of stalls will also be held. A four-day fun fair, starting today, means the entertainment will be there throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

Cash prizes will be given out for individual fancy dress, best floats and foot tableaux and the winner of the tug-of-war competition. All events are free to enter and people can register on the day.

Tickets can be purchased on the day for £3 adults or £2 children and OAPs. For more details, or to get an entry form, email todmordencarnival@live.co.uk or contact Philip on phone 07778 614128.