ASHOVER: Sunshine brings out the crowds for village carnival

Ashover May Day Gala Garland Dancers
Ashover May Day Gala Garland Dancers

Organisers of Ashover’s ever-popular May Day Carnival say this year’s event can be summed up in just two words – “absolutely fantastic”.

A delighted Rosemary Early, who heads the organising team, commented: “The feedback this year has been tremendous. The carnival was a great success thanks to all the people who pull together to provide a superb free day out.”

Highlight of the day was the crowning of Ashover’s new May Queen (nine-year-old Mia Parsons) and May King (eight-year-old Theo Bell) by popular village Tuck Shop owner Anna Unwin.

May Day in Ashover is now such a well-established and popular event that supporters travel from many parts of the Midlands to enjoy a non-stop programme of street theatre with mummers, musicians, morris, garland and maypole dancers, Punch and Judy, hedgehog-rollers, the village brass band, an escapologist and Uncle Michael the clown.

Over 40 stallholders selling various products, many of them for charities and deserving causes, lined Church Street. There were races up the village streets, a well-supported family fun run, and welly-wanging and a tug-of-war competition in the field behind the Bass.

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