Horsley Woodhouse Carnival

Horsley Woodhouse Carnival organiser Derek Durose declared last Saturday’s show was ‘a marvellous day.’

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather at any time of year - never mind the end of September,” he said. “It was absolutely glorious.”

The carnival had been due to go ahead in July - but was postponed by the illness of the canival’s long-time organiser Eric Lancashire MBE and by inclement weather.

Derek said: “We had to alter all sorts of bookings but I think we pulled it off all right in the end. Eric turned up and did the commentary.

“I was well pleased with the equestrian display and the Harlequin Dancers performed- they were lovely - really good.”

The Long Eaton Militaires marching band led a parade through the village, which featured a float - kindly provided by the residents of Stainsby Avenue - which was dressed with a Wizard of Oz theme.

The local neighbourhood watch team and children enjoyed the usual fairground rides. This year Amber Valley Borough Council brough their climbing wall and there was also a “Laser Quest” infra-red shooting game.

There was also a falconry display which drew big crowds and a selection of vintages cars and motorbikes, two steam engines and a tractor.

Different stallls were manned by the various community groups in Horsely Woodhouse.

Georgie Crouch was crowned carnival queen, with attendants Imogen Lowe and Lauren Males.

All three are aged 13.

The show was opened by Mrs Liz Peach, the new head mistress at the village school.