Triumphant return for Heage and Nether Heage Carnival

Heage Carnival.                'Heage Brownies bring some extra cheer to the Carnival.

Heage Carnival. 'Heage Brownies bring some extra cheer to the Carnival.

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Heage and Nether Heage Carnival made a triumphant comeback on Saturday, buoyed by beautiful weather and bumper crowds of spectators.

The spectacular free event returned after a five-year hiatus - backed by an Awards for All Grant of over £5,000 - with organisers commenting it had “exceeded all expectations”.

Heage Carnival.            'Scarecrow, Charlotte Wheeldon meets the real deal at the Heage Carnival.

Heage Carnival. 'Scarecrow, Charlotte Wheeldon meets the real deal at the Heage Carnival.

Starting from The Windmill Inn, the procession was led by League of Zeal Motorcycle Club, closely followed by Jack Sparrow, carnival queen Olivia Frost and her attendants Rosie Clarke and Natalie Agaba.

A seaside-themed carnival float, pulled by a vintage tractor and decorated by Heage Primary After School Club, followed a procession route lined with bunting and scarecrows.

Keith Buzzard, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The community had been asked to decorate their houses with bunting and scarecrows. We expected maybe ten to take part, but at the last count there were 110!

“In the end the entire procession route looked fantastic – it really set the scene for a great day.”

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.

A last-minute competition was organised to find the best scarecrow, and the title went to Ted Evans-Marriott with his fabulous Jurassic World-themed entry.

The carnival, which took place on the school playing fields, was opened by Guinness World Record Holder Helen Barnes and Heage Primary School headteacher James Yellop.

Highlights included the Extreme Wheels BMX Stunt Show, the exotic pets petting area provided by Nesta’s Ark, Body Zorbing and more swashbuckling entertainment from Captain Jack.

Afterwards, a party was held at The Spanker Inn, featuring live performances from three bands.

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.

Mr Buzzard said planning was already underway for next year’s carnival.

He added: “The event exceeded all of our expectations, the turnout was amazing. We couldn’t have planned for a better atmosphere or weather. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic day and all the feedback has been positive so far.

“We would like to thank all the people who turned out in their thousands, to follow the procession and attend this great event. All the hard work was truly worth it.”

Heage Carnival.  'Heage Carnival Queen, Olivia Frost, left, with her attendants, Rosie Clarke, centre, and Natalie Agaba.

Heage Carnival. 'Heage Carnival Queen, Olivia Frost, left, with her attendants, Rosie Clarke, centre, and Natalie Agaba.

Heage Carnival.'Lance Nightingale flies the flag for the Heage Carnival on Saturday.

Heage Carnival.'Lance Nightingale flies the flag for the Heage Carnival on Saturday.

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.

Heage Carnival.'The Heage After School Club members on board their float.