Villages put on a summer party

Queens of Hearts: Tina Ottewell and her daughters Sienna, five and Elysia, seven, joined in the Munchkins Toddlers Group Mad Hatter's float at the Dethick Lea and Holloway carnival.
Queens of Hearts: Tina Ottewell and her daughters Sienna, five and Elysia, seven, joined in the Munchkins Toddlers Group Mad Hatter's float at the Dethick Lea and Holloway carnival.

Villagers have taken to hills in the carnival spirit.

Dethick, Lea and Holloway were able to enjoy a spot of sunshine for their annual carnival last weekend.

Madness: Twenty-one-month old Isabella Crean as Dormouse and mother Elaine as The Mad Hatter at the Dethick Lea and Holloway carnival.

Madness: Twenty-one-month old Isabella Crean as Dormouse and mother Elaine as The Mad Hatter at the Dethick Lea and Holloway carnival.

The villages held their own Olympic Torch Relay, which local groups took part in, lead the carnival queen, Georgia Fower.

She was crowned queen by John Maclean, president of John Smedleys, and went on to officially open the carnival.

Carol Taaffe–Finn, a member of the carnival committee, said: “Surrounding the main arena, were a range of traditional stalls and shows with something for everyone, young or old.

“In the main arena, we had the children’s events of races, fancy dress and tug–o–war.”

In the afternoon, there was the official hand over of Lea Woods to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

This was followed by a display of birds of prey the Inter Village Challenge Shield, which was presented by Gordon Thorpe.

Carol said: “During the week we had a 60s and 70s dance, which was very well attended, and an ‘Olympic games’ afternoon, in which teams competed.”

Both the sheep race and barbecue had to be called off due to bad weather.

The barbecue has been postponed, and will now take place on July 18.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the carnival committee and everyone else who gave up their time to support the carnival,” Carol continued.

“It is an important village event, raising a lot of money to help support the community, sports and educational groups within the village.”