Weather doesn’t dampen spirits of Chorley carnival goers

Thousands of people attended Chorley carnival over the weekend despite rain falling during the main parade.

The parade route, from Botany Bay to Astley Park, was lined with spectators who enjoyed dozens of floats, exotic vehicles, dance troupes and music

The parade route, from Botany Bay to Astley Park, was lined with spectators who enjoyed dozens of floats, exotic vehicles, dance troupes and music

Weather doesn’t dampen spirits of Chorley carnival goers

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Thousands of people attended Chorley carnival over the weekend despite rain falling during the main parade.

The parade route, from Botany Bay to Astley Park, was lined with spectators who enjoyed dozens of floats, exotic vehicles, dance troupes and musical bands.

Market Street was particularly well attended, with people defying the wet weather to cheer on the participants.

Other events were held in Astley Park with attendances down on last year, due to the weather. The carnival relaunched last year after 20 years and that weekend was blessed with fine weather, but this year wellies and umbrellas were the order of the day.

The carnival started on Friday evening with rides in the park and a 1970s concert featuring Eurovision Song Contest winners, Brotherhood Of Man.

Those who took part in the parade said the rain didn’t dampen their enjoyment.

Piper’s Nursery, Southport Road, Chorley, created a spectacular jungle themed float, manned by 18 members of staff and 30 of the children.

Lorraine Stones, who runs the nursery, said: “It was brilliant. But it’s a good job we bought a job lot of animal print umbrellas.

“The staff and children had so much fun decorating the float and the enthusiasm of the people along the route was great. Everyone was buzzing with excitement. it was a great experience.”

Tony Keefe, of Chorley Denture Services, Gillibrand Street drove a De Lorean sports car, made famous in the Back To The Future films along the route.

He said: “It’s the 20th anniversary of the business this year so I wanted to do something special. I couldn’t believe the crowds. It took nearly an hour to get down Eaves Lane and into town.

“The car belongs to my dad Geoff, he’s had it for around 15 years.”

The winning float came from Duke Street Nursery, Legacy Rainbow House came second with Parklands High School third.

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