Three days of carnival fun planned for Chorley Carnival

3:53pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

By Chris Gee

ORGANISERS of Chorley Carnival, which was revived last year after a gap of more than 20 years say the event has resulted in an “upsurge in community spirit” in the town.

This year’s event, which will take place over the weekend of June 6, 7 and 8 will see a multitude of attractions centred around a parade on the Saturday.

Organisers have also set up a number of community based events including a food festival on The Flat Iron last weekend which attracted more than 10,000 visitors to the town centre.

Fundraising events such as the Astley Park firework and bonfire display was also revived in November and the Chorley Carnival committee was also involved with setting up a drive-in movie theatre event at Botany Bay in March.

A similar weekend of family films is taking place at Runshaw College in Euxton at the end of this month.

Chairman of Chorley and District Carnival Committee, Paul Wilkins, said: “We were delighted with the success of the food festival.

“It proved that we can stage big events and it was great to see so many extra visitors from Chorley. Chorley Carnival has now been registered as a community interest company .

“It was formed by several people who assisted in the 2013 carnival and who have many years’ experience in organising such events.

“The momentum from last year’s highly successful event is huge and it will be hard to beat. But our team is working hard to organise three days and nights we which hope will make Chorley proud.

“One thing that this has shown is there is a desire from the people in Chorley for these kind of community events, for collective enjoyable experiences.”

This year’s carnival will kick off with a 70s cabaret night in the marquee in Astley Park with Eurovision Winners and hit recording stars Brotherhood Of Man.

Saturday will see the big parade through the streets making its way from Botany Bay, along Eaves Lane to Astley Park via Market Street, which will be closed to traffic.

On the park there will be a huge fun fair, trade stands, Chorley's Got Talent plus arena entertainment from The Pre He Men, 3Sixty Bicycle Display Team, Parklands Dance Academy and Mark Stannage International Stunt Show and the crowning of our carnival royalty.

Saturday night is "live band night" featuring Chorley favourites Red Moon Joe plus others.

Sunday will feature all the same show-ground attractions plus The Rapide Brothers, The Battling Cumberland Giants, Dog Show and a mystery celebrity.

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