Ilkeston - Carnival 2018
w/e 10 June 2018
Carnival 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

I'm sure many people were disappointed when they learned that there would not be a street parade with all the usual floats in this year's carnival. Previously crowds have gathered in the town centre to watch the parade and then swarmed down to the recreation ground following the procession to enjoy the entertainment. First impressions this year was that after a slow start the crowds did gather for the event but attendance figures will probably be lower than previous years. On the bright side though the carnival did go ahead unlike last year when bad weather caused its cancellation and I'm sure that those that did go had a very enjoyable afternoon.


A small fair had been set up with roundabouts, trampolines, slides and other amusements for children.

Erewash Sound, the local radio station complete with photo frame carrying mascot were in attendance.
Guide Dogs

And there was a large array of charity stalls. I could have chosen any one of a multitude of stalls to illustrate this but opted for this one raising funds for Guide Dogs.

There were several other animal charities there including Fresh Start for Hens, a not for profit organisation that rehomes hens rescued from commercial egg production and a Parrot Rescue organisation with one particularly laid back bird pictured above.
Theatre Company

Ilkeston Theatre Company had a stall with photos from previous productions and they were also using theatrical makeup to apply various face painting designs for a steady stream of children.
World Challenge

Three young ladies who are taking part in a World Challenge were raising funds to enable them to join an expedition to Swaziland in 2019 where they will take part in a trek and work on a project in the local community. They need to raise nearly £3000 each to fund the project and were hoping to raise money by selling lots of their homemade sweets and cakes. As the saying goes "Every little helps"!
Police Car

A large selection of vehicles parked in front of the pavilion including this old Police Car provided a foretaste of the Classic Car Show that is to be held in the town centre later this year and proved interesting to many adults.
Go Karts

Youngsters meanwhile were more interested in the Go Kart circuit where they could test their driving skills and race against each other.

In the Main Arena there were various performances throughout the afternoon including a gymnastic display by young girls.

And not to be outdone, boys put on an impressive tumbling display. So a good time was had by all but it's to be hoped that the Lions Club who organised the carnival can build on his year's success and plan for a restoration of the street parade next year.

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