Around 8,000 people lined the route from The Globe Centre in Accrington as the Carnival Procession snaked along Eagle Street, Blackburn Road, Abbey Street and Plantation Street where it terminated, and attended King George’s Playing Fields on Saturday June 13th under cloudy skies.
The weather forecast had been pretty dire, but the day passed without rain. The sun made fleeting appearances throughout the day but flattered, only to deceive.
Nevertheless it was fairly warm and the day’s events went ahead successfully. Indeed many of the happenings at King George’s were amazing and at times, spectacular.
The procession included six former Carnival Queens dressed stunningly and wearing their winners sashes, Princess Elsa, present Carnival Queen and Princess, Bethany Donohue and Ellie Walsh and colourfully created floats all on the theme of Fairytale and Fantasy, They ranged from Harry Potter to Alice in Wonderland.
The judging was in three groups Trade, Non-Trade and walking. The Bee won the first group and the non-trade group was won by Cambridge St Methodists Rainbows Brownies & Guides for their Alice in Wonderland theme. Accrington Academy won the Walking Group prize. Each winning group were given £100. The Bee kindly donated their prize-money to All Saints, Clayton-le-Moors.
On the field spectators were treated to fighting Vikings, Folk-dancing, Wrestling and a spectacular freefall display by Tigers Freefall Parachute Team pictured above.