Out to support our carnival, despite the rain

Cornholme school in the Todmorden Carnival parade
Cornholme school in the Todmorden Carnival parade

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of visitors at the Todmorden Carnival as crowds lined the streets for this year’s event.

The parade, led by Todmorden Community Band, set off from Sanworth Street at 12.30pm en route to a rain-swept Centre Vale Park.

The New Orleans Jazz Band and the Handmade Samba provided differing musical styles on the day, which was given a cycling and French theme in honour of this year’s Tour de France.

The Rope and Anchor won the tug-of-war contest, and the £100 prize money, as well as the first prize for the best decorated float, winning £150.

Cornholme School won the Foot Tableau and a prize of £200, with Todmorden C Of E Junior & Infant School second, winning £100, and Centre Vale baby and toddler group third, winning £50.

Stephen Shawcross won the fancy dress contest dressed as an onion seller, also winning £50.

Chairman Philip Clarke said: “It went really well despite the weather. There were around 1,500 people there.

“That’s down on what we’d usually get but I think we’ve done quite well.

“There were some good crowds and the parade was really good. It was very long and included a tank.

“The fancy dress competition had a French theme to tie in with the Tour de France.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers as there’s only a few that do it.

“Thanks to all those who’ve been involved behind the scenes.”

The event included the busy fun fair, which ran from Thursday night to Sunday.