AN ANNUAL festival in the Moorlands has taken place with around 5,000 people enjoying a packed weekend of summer fun. Throughout the three day extravaganza, Cheadle Carnival showcased what the many organisations and activities within the area has to offer. Friday marked the start of the carnival, kicking off with an evening of live music as Round In Circles along with Guns 'N' Roses tribute act 'Guns or Roses' took to the stage.
Despite some rain on Saturday morning, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the float parade as clubs, charities and businesses took to the streets to meet the people of the town, who came out in their droves to wave them by.
Giant trucks, African drummers and sets of dancers lined the roads with particular interest taken in the Jurassic-themed and Carnival Queen floats.
This year Mika Booth was selected to be the Queen of 2019.
Her mother, Linzee Carr, told the Times and Echo: “We started the Carnival Queen last year.
“Mika has been crowned today and going forward we are fundraising for North Staffordshire’s children services.”
Nine-year-old Mika described her role as queen as being “fun” with the best part of becoming queen being “the fundraising.”
The winner of the best float for the parade went to Poppin’s Day Nursery while the prize for the best shop display was given to Crafty Urchins.
Once the parade had taken place, the activities started on the Tean Road Recreation Ground with demonstrations from Kotu Drummers, Slam Wrestling and Morris dancers entertaining visitors around the site.
There was an array of stalls set-up throughout the afternoon ranging from Punch and Judy through to local rescue services, including a visit from a fire-engine which proved very popular with children.
A fairground featuring a runaway train and many other rides attracted a lot of teenage-attention while over on the other side of the park, bars and food stalls allowed families to relax in front of the main stage.
One attraction that gathered a lot of interest was the visit of ‘The Owl Man’ – a tent containing 20 different types of owls and birds from all over the world.
Carnival-goers were allowed, with supervision, to have an owl or bird of prey rest of their arm to stroke.
Evening entertainment from Joslyn Plant, who has appeared on this year’s The Voice UK Kids, House Jammerz and a Take That and Robbie Williams tribute act rounded off an exciting day.
The Women’s Institute provided tea and coffee for the afternoon on Sunday with activities, such as the Ninja Assault Course and Zorb Balls, all enticing those in attendance.
A packed schedule of music from the likes of Beckioke and Dirty Bangers maintained the vibrant, friendly atmosphere once again as the 2019 Cheadle carnival drew to a close later in the day.
Tim Cliffe, Chairman of the carnival committee, said: “It’s been cracking, I couldn’t really ask for anything better.”
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