Sun sparkled on Disney magic!

Some of the 101 Dalmations in the parade!
Some of the 101 Dalmations in the parade!

A forest of Mickey Mouse ears and what looked pretty much like 101 Dalmations drew out the crowds for Todmorden Carnival last Saturday.

If last year’s carnival was subject to a downpour, any clouds over Centre Vale Park disappeared and families enjoyed an afternoon of fun in the sunshine.

Over the weekend - the enlarged fair ran over four days from Thursday - thousands enjoyed the eevnt, which brought the wonderful world of Disney to the streets of Todmorden.

With 2015 seeing the return of an old favourite - the football competition for boys and girls from the town’s primary schools - alongside an extended parade which was populated from Disney characters old and newer, the carnival field was busy to the end of the afternoon.

Todmorden Carnival chairman Philip Clarke said the dash of sunshine had helped ensure more people enjoyed the entertainment, which included dance exhibitions, a tug-of-war contest and a children’s entertainer, plus a range of community group stalls and food sellers cooking up a range of snacks to tempt the tastebuds.

Philip said: “The weather’s been good compared to last year - the gate’s definitely up.

“I want to give a special thank you to the committee of Todmorden Carnival for all their hard-work and to all our sponsors - they’ve done us proud again. Overall, it’s been a super day.”

Carnival Queen Katie Donnelly and Princesses Holly Cameron, Bethany Nicholls and Aisha Mentab Lee enjoyed their day, waving to the crowds and welcoming people to the events on the park.

It was the first big civic event for Todmorden’s new Mayor and consort, Coun Steph Booth and Tony Booth, and the Mayor said they had enjoyed the day very much, and a carnival mprincess of their own, Kate Whitehead, travelled with them in the open-topped car.

The Mayor said: “Everybody has been incredibly supportive and the imaginsation and creativity has been great - there looked to have been 101 Dalmations and there may have been more! Todmorden’s got a good heart as events like this show.”

Todmorden C of E won first prize in the tableaux with Cornholme School second and Ferney Lee School third, while Stephen Shawcross won the individual fancy dress section.

Ferney Lee (boys) and Shade (girls) won the football competitions.

Mr Clarke urged more people to join the Todmorden Carnival team to ensure days like this could continue - many hand make for lighter work.

You can find out more details of how to do so at the carnival website or e-mail in the first instance.