Crowds turn out at village carnival

Carnival Capers: Princess Fiona and Shrek wave to the crowds at the annual Youlgreave Carnival procession.
Carnival Capers: Princess Fiona and Shrek wave to the crowds at the annual Youlgreave Carnival procession.

CARNIVAL capers came to Youlgrave on Saturday as the village hosted a colourful day of family fun.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout during the week-long festivities which included a treasure hunt, five-a-side football tournament, the popular wheelbarrow race and new to this year – the ladies three legged race.

Pirates On Parade: Villainous pirates pictured on their galleon ship at the annual Youlgrave carnival procession.

Pirates On Parade: Villainous pirates pictured on their galleon ship at the annual Youlgrave carnival procession.

The sun shone, crowds flocked and villagers in fancy dress danced, sang and rode on decorated floats during the carnival procession on Saturday.

Familiar faces including Wonder Woman, Batman, X Factor stars, The Simpsons, Shaun the Sheep and characters from Shrek, who were joined by pirates, cowboys and an Alice in Wonderland tea party.

Judges presented the pirates-themed float with first prize.

Visitors and residents lined the streets as revellers paraded through the village in fancy dress.

Pirates On Parade: Villainous pirates pictured on their galleon ship at the annual Youlgrave carnival procession.

Pirates On Parade: Villainous pirates pictured on their galleon ship at the annual Youlgrave carnival procession.

This year’s annual event, which is in its fourth year after a nine year break from 1999 to 2008, also saw a group of lads get glammed up for their Youlgrave’s Next Top Model display and a big-fat-gypsy wedding style caravan join the parade.

Carnival queen Dilys Morgan led the procession with her attendants Grace Hill and Eve Birch.

The day also included stalls, children’s rides and activities such as face painting and performances from Bakewell Silver Band and Morris dancers.

A bar, refreshments and a hog roast was available in the marquee.

Tea Party: The Alice In Wonderland ladies try to keep control of their tea set and table at the annual Youlgreave carnival.

Tea Party: The Alice In Wonderland ladies try to keep control of their tea set and table at the annual Youlgreave carnival.

The day closed with live music from Matlock based indie band The Something.

Leah Brindley, one of the carnival organisers, said this year’s event was one of the best yet.

She added: “Carnival day went really well and the weather held out.

“A lot more people turned out this year, compared to last and everyone had a good time.”

Catwalk: Fashion and style on display from the Youlgreave's Next To Model float at the annual carnival procession.

Catwalk: Fashion and style on display from the Youlgreave's Next To Model float at the annual carnival procession.

The committee thanked all the helpers and sponsors for their donations and hard work.

n For more photographs of the carnival go to www.matlockmercury.co.uk