On the march at carnival

NRHNBE110716d8, Horsley woodhouse carnival,
NRHNBE110716d8, Horsley woodhouse carnival,

Village primary school headteacher Liz Peach will be the official opener at this year’s Horsley Woodhouse Carnival .

The carnival will be held on Saturday, July 21, and will include a large parade through the village, which is watched by hundreds of people each year.

The parade sets off from Four Lane Ends at 1.10pm and goes along Main Street to the Sitwell Meadows Recreation Ground, opposite the parish church.

At the recreation ground there will a series of stalls manned by village groups, which use the event to raise money for their causes. There are also rides for children to enjoy.

Attractions for youngsters will include a labyrinth of tunnels and the chance to have a go on a climbing wall.

There will be displays during the afternoon, including by Heage Windmillers folk dancing group and from the Harlequim School of Performing Arts. There will also be a vintage tractor, motorbike and vehcile display and an egg and spoon race.

One of the highlights is set to be a flypast by a Mosquito plane at some point during the afternoon.

The carnival also includes a hotly contest carnival band contest, including appearances by Breaston Highlanders and Melton Mowbray Toy soldiers – all the bands also take part in the parade.

This year’s carnival queen will be Georgie Crouch and her attendants will be Lauren Males and Imogen Lowe. All three are 13, live in the village and attend Heanor Gate Science College.

The event will also celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Julbilee and is organised by Horsley Woodhouse Carnival Association.

Each year it costs £5,000 to put on the event, which has been held since 1977.

It was staged previous to that in 1952, but then stopped, being relaunched to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee then.

It costs £2 for adults on the gate. It is free for children to get in.