Villagers get ready to party

It’s party time in a rural community over the next week when the annual carnival begins.

Dethick Lea and Holloway Carnival will take place between June 22 and July 1.

The week long festivities kick off on Friday night with a carnival party night at the village hall, starting at 8pm.

The following day there will be Olympic and Jubilee flags and banners put up and between 3pm and 4.30pm on Sunday there will be Village Olympics in Lea Park, complete with a barbecue.

This will be followed by Songs of Praise at Lea Gardens from 5pm.

On Monday between 7am and 8am there will be an early morning ‘boot camp’ at Lea Park and from 6pm and 8pm marquees will be set up in Lea Garden.

There will be another early morning boot camp between 7am and 8am on Tuesday, followed by a collection evening from 6pm to 8pm.

A Riber Fell Run will take place at Lea Green at 7pm on Wednesday, at the same time there will be a village barbecue at Badgers Retreat.

On Friday, June 29, the low ropes challenge course will be held at Lea Green from 5.30pm and 7.30pm and people will be setting up the carnival site at Lea Green between 6pm and 8pm.

The week of celebrations will culminate in the carnival itself, which will take place on Saturday, June 30.

A procession will leave Holme Close, Holloway, at 1.30pm and make its way to the carnival site at Lea Green.

John Maclean, from John Smedleys, will crown the carnival queen at 2pm, who will then officially open the event.

The day is packed fill of fun for all the family, including a fancy dress competition, races both for children and adults, a birds of prey demonstration, tug of war, raffle and performance from Crich Band.