Todmorden Carnival 2014: Get into gear for a great day’s entertainment

Crowds lining the parade route at last year's event
Crowds lining the parade route at last year's event

Let’s make this cycle thing go with a swing!

That’s the message from Todmorden Carnival organisers who are hoping the crowds turn out in bumper numbers whatever the weather to support the parade and those on the carnival field, and enjoy a great day of family entertainment on Saturday, May 24.

With the four-day fair opening up today on the carnival field at Centre Vale Park - and with cheaper rides on Thursday and Friday - Sur Votre Bicyclette is ready to take to the road on Saturday when the parade moves into gear to take “On Your Bike” along Halifax Road and Burnley Road to the park, where music and entertainment are being laid on alongside a host of charity stalls for you to browse over.

Tying in the theme to the Tour De France’s visiting the Calder Valley in July means it will have a French feel, and that things will go with a swing has been ensured with musical routines lined up for the events ring.

The New Orleans Jazz Band and the Handmade Samba will be showcasing their different styles, while Dwan Chapman’s DC Dance students and the youngsters from the newly-formed Higher Crompton Morris Dancers will ensure even more variety in the tempo.

It is also planned to hold the tug-of-war there and to complete the programme there will be two clown routines designed to draw you in and keep you laughing.

The parade starts at 12.30pm from Sanworth Street, and civic guests including Todmorden Carnival Queen and Princesses, 12-year-old Alison Donnelly, her sister Katie, ten, and six-year-old Sameeha Naseer respectively, will declare the on-field entertainment under way when it has reached the park.

Carnival chairman Philip Clarke said: “Teams can still enter the tug-of-war on the day but ideally we would like more entries to come in beforehand, and there is still time to enter the parade if you haven’t already.

“We have a great day’s entertainment laid on and the charity stalls all help local good causes and it would be brilliant if as many people as possible came along to support them.

“Come along on the day, whatever the weather, and we’ll have a good time!”

Philip can be contacted regarding the tug-of-war or late entries on 0777 8614128.