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Knottingley Carnival - Linda Rutter, Gene Birdsall & Wendy Carrigan all dressed for the Knottingley Gala
Knottingley Carnival - Linda Rutter, Gene Birdsall & Wendy Carrigan all dressed for the Knottingley Gala
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THOUSANDS of residents flocked to see colourful, creative and wacky floats sail through Knottingley during the town’s 85th annual carnival.

More than 3,000 spectators turned out to see the procession of Starlight Majorettes and themed floats, led by Olympic torch bearer and former Knottingley school teacher Ron England, before heading to Kellingley playing fields for stalls and games.

Knottingley Carnival - Cathie & Darren Stokes collecting for charity during the gala

Knottingley Carnival - Cathie & Darren Stokes collecting for charity during the gala

The four-day carnival saw residents join in rugby matches and dog shows during the week, and culminate in the parade on Saturday and church service at Elim Pentecostal Church on Sunday.

Helen Bullock, carnival committee’s secretary, said: “It was fantastic and we had a brilliant turn out.

“We were very impressed the amount of people who came out to show their support and the fantastic variety of float themes.”

The residents of Womersley Road won the adult category for best float with their Las Vegas entry, and England Lane Primary School pupils took the prize for best children’s float dressed as the cast of the musical Annie.

Knottingley Carnival - Gala queen Rachel Keith, flanked by Kate Ackroyd & Danielle Parker - in front are William Smith, Liam Duggan, Olivia Burton-Laws, Chloe Johnson, Lea Marie & Laura Davis

Knottingley Carnival - Gala queen Rachel Keith, flanked by Kate Ackroyd & Danielle Parker - in front are William Smith, Liam Duggan, Olivia Burton-Laws, Chloe Johnson, Lea Marie & Laura Davis

During the event, Kate Ackroyd, from De Lacy Academy, passed on the town’s carnival queen crown to fellow pupil Rachel Keith.

Peter Greenwood, committee member, raised funds for this year’s event by selling brochures of old carnival photos, poems and pictures. The brochures were designed by year ten De Lacy Academy pupils and printed by Ardagh Group in Knottingley.