Milestone carnival attracts thousands

NILABE110625b1, Long eaton carnival, Oasis church noahs ark float.

NILABE110625b1, Long eaton carnival, Oasis church noahs ark float.

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LONG Eaton celebrated its 80th carnival this weekend jam packed with fun.

Saturday’s parade was the biggest in its history, with more than 2,000 walkers and 57 vehicles, including 24 floats, according to organiser Sarah McIlfatrick.

NILABE110625b2, Long eaton carnival, Riverside fc team float.

NILABE110625b2, Long eaton carnival, Riverside fc team float.

There were events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which saw thousands of people flood the showground in West Park to enjoy a range of entertainment from local rock bands to German oompah music and from marching bands to a knobbly knee contest.

Sarah, who is secretary of the carnival organising committee, said: “The people of Long Eaton have done us proud.

“The weekend went really, really well – it could have only been more successful if it had been more sunny, but we can’t control that.”

Three marquees were set up in West Park, which were very busy all weekend.

NILABE110625b3, Long eaton carnival, 1st Long Eaton brownies and guides 101 dalmations

NILABE110625b3, Long eaton carnival, 1st Long Eaton brownies and guides 101 dalmations

One of the highlights were Long Eaton’s Got Talent finalists Lucy Smith and Emily Gent, who were joined on stage by young Hayden Fletcher from Erewash Musical Society.

There was a carnival atmosphere for the 80th birthday party on Sunday with craft stalls, model railways, and games on offer.

Sarah added: “It was really good because there was something for everybody.

“Everyone made a big effort and the town should be very proud.”

The event was officially opened by Erewash MP Jessica Lee and Mayor of Erewash Cllr Kevin Miller.

Carnival Queen was Hannah Draper and her four-year-old attendant was Ellie Ball.

Town crier Ken Godfrey, 86, also joined the parade.