A GROUP of friends and volunteers made history at the weekend when they brought an old town tradition back to their community in the form of Cheadle Carnival.
(Photo credit: Tim Tabbiner)
After an almost two-year-long fundraising campaign, the Cheadle Carnival Committee pulled off the three-day festival, inviting residents of the town and surrounding areas to join them at Cheadle’s Tean Road Recreation Ground.
The committee, led by chairman Tim Cliffe, raised more than £20,000 in the build-up to the carnival revival, with themed music nights, two soapbox races and more.
Friday night (July 6) saw crowds flock to Tean Road rec in a bid to get the best spot in front of the stage, decked out with camping chairs and blankets, when the carnival was kicked off with an ABBA tribute band, Dream – followed by Cheadle songbird schoolgirl, Joslyn Plant.
Families were able to make full use of the fairground rides and attractions, including the traditional stalls of hook-a-duck and more.
Revellers were also able to dabble in the fully-licensed bar, which stocked everyones favourite local ales, gin and prosecco.
Saturday’s long-awaited highlight of the carnival programme was the parade procession, which started at midday.
A road closure was put into place from Tean Road’s Master Potter pub, to Cheadle’s High Street and back to the recreation ground, making way for a procession of floats and vintage vehicles.
The 2018 Cheadle Carnival Queen, Evangeline Stanley led proceedings onboard her float among groups on foot.
Travelling with the floats were a number of vintage vehicles and several floats made by businesses and groups in the town.
Carnival committee members and volunteers worked throughout the procession, manning crowd control, road closures and collecting donations in buckets.
The procession did one lap of the town centre before making it’s way to the recreation ground, where families were invited to make the most of the fun fair and attractions.
At around 2.40pm, residents of Cheadle and those at the Tean Road venue looked to the skies as one of the last remaining Lancaster Bombers made a special appearance in it’s first of three flypasts.
It was a bright and early start on Sunday as residents put their best feet forward to take part in the Cheadle Running Club Road Race and Fun Run, which started at 10am.
The programme of events for Sunday also included a large-scale It’s a Knockout challenge in which eight teams battled it out for some big prizes, as well as a darts competition and the final day of the fun fair.
Chairman of the committee, Tim Cliffe, said: “It was a really good weekend, it was brilliant.
“To walk at the front of the parade was a privilege and I’ve never seen so many people line the streets of Cheadle.
“Not only did we drop on with the weather, but it was just lovely to see so many people come out and support us.
“The effort that went into the floats was unbelievable, I think the weekend as a whole was something we never expected.
“A highlight was the Lancaster Bomber flypast, which I’ve heard did make some grown men cry.
“The atmosphere throughout the whole thing was something I’ve never seen before.
“It was amazing to see the old traditions merge with the modern twists, the crowning of the carnival queen and the fun and games we bought it.
“Of course, we’re looking forward to next year but it’s too early to know for definite what will go ahead.
“But for now, I want to thank everyone involved, the volunteers on the day who I know did get some abuse from drivers during the parade.
“The security who were fantastic and really took the pressure off, and every single person who has supported us along the way.
“I think we proved a few people wrong.
“We are still looking for members and volunteers, if anyone is interested.”
The committee meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Hales Hall Caravan Park bar.
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