Clouds couldn’t rain on carnival parade

The parade makes its way through the town centre
The parade makes its way through the town centre

TODMORDEN’s colourful carnival returned for another year with great acclaim.

The Eastern theme lent itself to the imagination and Halifax Road was bustling with a half-nile procession of dancers, cheerleaders, carnival queens, stilt walkers, stunt bikers, dragons, and a brass band.

Despite the lack of floats, which had been cancelled because of safety concerns and high insurance costs, the town still came out to cheer as thousands of creative and colourful acts walked, danced or hopped on by.

Excited crowds lined the pavements to wave at the Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Coun Richard White and Mrs Sandy White, whose black open top car was surrounded by a sea of red, orange, green, black, blue and yellow costumes.

The event was deemed a big success by organiser’s the Todmorden Carnival Committee, who had feared that the wet and windy weather would keep people away.

Philip Clarke, from the committee, said: “Following on from last year when the weather was equally as bad, we’ve done a lot better than we thought we’d do.

“It’s worth doing for the town if we can get people involved running it. We’re down to four committee members and unless it starts improving it’s going to go against the wall.”

After the parade, the crowds packed into Centre Vale Park, where the carnival was officially opened by the Mayor, while the Carnival Queen of Great Britain, Chealsie Kay, watched on.

Coun White said: “It was lovely to see so many people there, but I’d like to remind them that it took a lot of organising and a lot of help from the community.

“There are many local organisations who I think could pull together and help with next year’s carnival.”

The crowds then dispersed to enjoy traditional fairground rides, a samba dance show and a dare devil display from Inch Perfect trial riders.

Organisers thanked the police, Todmorden Lions, and residents living around Cambridge Street and Sanworth Street, where the parade started, for their support.

Next year’s carnival theme will be the 2012 Olympics and anyone interested in helping out can call Mr Clarke on 07778 614128 or email