Fun in the sun at carnival

Knottingley Carnival 2013.Claires School of Dance.
Knottingley Carnival 2013.Claires School of Dance.

Summer sun helped Knottingley Carnival go with a swing as thousands flocked to enjoy the annual spectacle.

Dozens of floats paraded around the town before festivities headed to the field, where there were stalls, games, performances and activities.

Helen Bullock, secretary of the carnival committee, said: “It was fabulous, we had a really good turnout, on a beautiful hot day and fun was had by all.”

Yorkshire Imps Marching Band led the carnival parade, which also included Crofton Starlight Majorettes and Knottingley Angels performing throughout the two-and-a-half mile circuit.

Floats included Bugsy Malone and superhero themes, with Womersley Roaders’ 1940s Goodnight Sweetheart winning the adult competition and Claire’s School of Dance winning the children’s contest with It’s a Small World.

Around 5,000 attended the carnival, and Helen said there were more stalls than ever. The only hitch came when a performing dog troupe was unable to go on due to the heat.

Helen added: “Fortunately Vocal Tutor, a company which develops young talent, stepped in and filled the gap for us with some fantastic music.

“It was a lot of hard work, but worth it to see everyone’s smiling faces.”

Anyone interested in helping to organise next year’s carnival or helping on the day can contact Helen on 07702 100020.

Sophia Knott on the swings. SM2_knot2

Carnival queen Lucy Turpin. SM2_knot5

All the fun of the fair. SM2_knot3

Crofton Starlight Majorettes performing. SM2_knot6

StevieThompson enjoys a ride. SM2_knot4