Carnival revellers have fun in the sun

Bakewell Carnival Raft Race
Bakewell Carnival Raft Race

CRowds flocked to Bakewell to make this year’s carnival the biggest – and best – yet.

Bakewell was buzzing and the sun was blazing overhead as thousands of people descended on the town for the annual event on Saturday, July 2.

Bakewell Carnival:The Wheatsheaf public house won first prize for their tribute to the space shuttle.

Bakewell Carnival:The Wheatsheaf public house won first prize for their tribute to the space shuttle.

And organisers said that the crowds for the procession through the town were the biggest they’d ever seen.

Alan Dennis, chairman of Bakewell Carnival Committee, said: “I’ve never seen so many people in Bakewell. We must have nearly trebled the town’s population. It was the best attended carnival parade I’ve ever seen.

“It went very well, it was a good day. Everything went off as we planned.”

Crowds thrilled as Lauren Naylor was crowned carnival queen by celebrity guest actress Rita May. Then they followed the procession through Bakewell town centre with dozens of floats creating a colourful spectacle in the sunshine.

Bakewell Carnival: Carnival Queen Lauren Naylor, attendent Paige Roose and rosebuds Millie Dearing and Hannah Hardy.

Bakewell Carnival: Carnival Queen Lauren Naylor, attendent Paige Roose and rosebuds Millie Dearing and Hannah Hardy.

Alan Dennis said: “The procession went very well. A lot of people put a lot of work into the floats. Most of the floats involved children and young people which is very nice to see.”

The carnival was the culmination of a week of events which began with the Day of Dance on Saturday, June 25, taking in a fell race, well dressings, pet competitions, a duck race, tug of war and the famous annual raft race.

Alan Dennis said: “It’s all a highlight, I couldn’t pick out one part. I’d like to say a big thanks to all the committee and all the helpers and volunteers who have done so much hard work.

“The weather was beautiful, we had brilliant sunshine. We had good weather for all the events all week. Every event was really well attended, from the Day of Dance to the raft race. The well dressings went down very well.”

Bakewell Carnival: The Bakewell Heroes entertain the crowds.

Bakewell Carnival: The Bakewell Heroes entertain the crowds.

The annual raft race took place on Thursday, June 30. The junior section of the best decorated raft competition was won by a Wizard of Oz themed raft, while the adult winner was based on the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Alan Dennis said: “The raft race went very well. We had 120 rafts and there were only three with adults on, it was great to see all the children having a good time.”

Any voluntary or charitable groups that would like to be considered for a grant from Bakewell Carnival Committee should contact Alan Dennis by post at 6 Moorhall, Bakewell, DE45 1FT in the next ten days.