Ilkeston - Carnival Time
w/e 12 June 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Long Eaton Militaires

"I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band, I just want to stand and cheer as they come."
So go the lyrics of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's song. I didn't hear anyone cheering in Ilkeston at lunch time on Saturday but the Long Eaton Militaires led a parade through the streets to the Rutland Recreation Ground as an introduction to this year's carnival.

A couple of floats and a number of people in fancy dress including this "Best In Show" sunflower followed, as did several classic cars.
Recreation Ground

At the Rec there were plenty of stalls, fairground rides and entertainments laid on for the general public.

Carnival Characters

There were also some colourful characters milling around including Cruella de Ville, the Carnival Queen and her Princess but what this devilish looking face was doing with the Salvation Army, I don't know.
Classic Cars

A row of Classic Cars provided an interesting display with a Rolls Royce standing next to an old fashioned Morris. A Ford Zephyr had a pair of the obligatory black dice with white spots hanging in the front and the Vauxhall pictured above had a similar pair of fluffy dice but with the colours reversed.
Quad Bikes

Vehicles from a more modern era also proved a popular attraction for all ages as quad bikes raced around the grass track but I'm not sure which age group was enjoying it the most!

Punch and Judy shows, numerous game and food stalls and a display by birds of prey kept the public happy and there were also dog handling displays throughout the afternoon as well as a pet dog show and competition.
Lenny The Lion

And at least one young lady went home a winner accompanied by Lenny the Lion! The carnival was organised by the Ilkeston Lions Club - I just wondered if they will be one member short at their next meeting.

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