With skeletons a-plenty and the grim reaper with his scythe and collection bucket only means one thing - the Long Eaton Carnival came to town at the weekend.
Despite last minute weather complications halting the fair and stalls more than 6.500 people enjoyed the parade through the town and this year’s theme was things that go bump in the night.
Treasurer Tim Fryzer-Smith said: “We had an absolutely brilliant day and it was so good to see so many people smiling and enjoying themselves - and the creativity and thought that went into the floats was unbelievable.” Due to heavy rain the events after the carnival on West Park such as the fair and all the fun and games had to be cancelled just days before the Saturday event.
Tim said: “The field became a lake, and after a year of organising everything there wasn’t time to find an alternative venue so it really was with a heavy heart we decided that it couldn’t go ahead.
“However that didn’t stop people having a good time - we had the biggest parade we have had for many years with more floats and walking floats than before which was great.” The streets were packed as crowds watched the scouts with their canoes and pretend fires on one float and the Royal British Legion got a big cheer as they passed through on a military vehicle.
This year saw more walking parades and a running club made a first appearance and the rugby and football clubs showed their colours too not forgetting those dressed as nuns blessing people during the procession.
Spectator Teresa Ann said: “Fantastic carnival which gets better every year. Cannot wait till next year.”
Ian Johnson should have been on West Park with a model fairground display but the great British weather put a stop to that
He said: “It was nice to actually stand and watch the parade for once. The best one for a long time.”
Tim added: “The carnival brings people together and I’m so glad that despite the hiccups everyone had a really lovely day.”