VIDEO: Biggest ever Chapel Carnival

Chapel Carnival celebrated its best attendance yet on Saturday, thanks to sunny weather and great participation.

Unlike other festivities in High Peak, the annual event in Chapel-en-le-Frith doesn’t have a theme, prompting many floats, businesses and school children to embrace the World Cup or World War One attire and decor, in honour of the centenary.

Chapel carnival, cubs

Chapel carnival, cubs

One of the organisers, Jeanette Saxby, said: “It went really well. The weather was on our side for a change and we had our best-ever turnout to the ground. We think there was about 1,500 people. Normally, we get about 1,000. I think it was due to the weather.”

She added: “The standard of businesses entering was very high and we had more entries than usual, about 30. The Roebuck Inn was definitely the best decorated. It was outstanding.

“We had about 30 items, including floats, bands and walking groups, in the procession this year. It was great, it took about 20 to 25 minutes to go past. We’re hoping to have a longer parade next year.

“It was a really lovely atmosphere, a great day for the family, full of community spirit with no trouble.”

Chapel carnival, 2014 Queen

Chapel carnival, 2014 Queen

Next year’s Chapel Carnival will take place on June 20.


Best dressed public house: The Roebuck

Best dressed private house: Connie’s on Elmfield

Chapel carnival,

Chapel carnival,

Best dressed lamp post: 1st Chapel Girls’ Brigade

Best dressed Residential Home: Ecclesfold

Best Dressed Shop Window large-themed: Reading Matters

Best dressed Shop Window small-themed: Frankies

Best Dressed Shop Window goods: Halls Mica

Best Dressed Float: Sparrowpit WI

Best Dressed Youth Float: Chapel-en-le-Frith Cubs and Beavers

Best Kept Commercial Vehicle: Lomas Distribution

Best Classic Vehicle: Hardy’s Fruit and Veg

Best Dressed Queens Tableau: Joint first: Buxton Wells Dressing Royalty

Best Dressed Car and Trailer: Meningitis Now Royalty

Junior Queen’s Car: Arthritis Research UK Junior Queen - Della

Princess Car: Stockport Princess - Joanna

Petal Car: Arthritis Research UK Personality Petal - Charley

Overall Vehicle: Buxton festival royalty

Fancy Dress: Skye Morten

Best Senior Walking Royalty: Arthritis Research UK Queen – Hannah

Best Junior Walking Royalty: Joint winners: Phils Freedom Little Miss Sunshine and Page boy – Ellie-Grace and Rhys

Queen and retinue: Hayfield May Queen Ruth

Queen: Joint winners – Buxton Festival Personality Queen Tamara and Arthritis Research UK Queen Hannah

Junior Queen: Hayfield Junior Queen Hannah

Princess: Meningitis Now Personality Princess Temeka

Rosebud: East Cheshire Hospice Rosebud – Harleigh-Jai

Petal: East Cheshire Hospice Petal Violet

Female Attendant: Meningitis Now Molly

Male Attendant: Meningitis Now Louie

Senior Personality of the Day: Buxton Personality Queen Tamara

Junior Personality of the Day: Phils Freedom Little Miss Sunshine Ellie-Grace

Personality of the Year: Ashgate Hospice Personality Queen Alexandria

Special mention to Oliver Jodrell from Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School who was the winner of the programme cover competition.