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Carnival Day

Enough rain fell overnight to make several of us concerned about flooding and a water logged stage but… Along comes North Yorkshire Fire Service to help drain all of the excess water so that the carnival could go ahead.

Once the weather broke it was clear to see that the spirits hadn’t been dampened in the slightest. Everyone arrived at Rookes Transport as always to put the finishing touches to their floats and line up ready for the parade.

Of course, being at one end of the town, it’s hard to know how many people are turning out to watch the parade so at 11:50am I decided to take a walk back into town. The streets were lined with people… there were even garden parties and children waving flags in anticipation.

At 12noon the parade set off from Rookes Transport and began its trip through the town center and onto the Heineken car park.


This years parade was led by the vintage car club who had brought out some amazing cars, they were closely followed by the local Fire Brigade and first timers The City of Leeds pipe Band (who were amazing). The swimming baths / leisure center brought in a large float and plenty of water to splash around.

Bridge dental surgery, Cyclesense, The Salvation Army and so many more people took part. We had The Travellin Band, Tadcaster East, Riverside School, Classic Motorcycles, KT Dance Fit ( everyone danced from the start until the finish of the parade – I was tired just watching them).

As always Devine Meats outdid themselves by coming as the North Pole so Santa was here in July… Can’t beat that!

As the parade arrived at the car park and pedestrians arrived at the Magnets Sports and Social Club grounds it was soon apparent by the thousands of people that the carnival had arrived…


On stage music, displays from various groups and organizations… the place just came to life so quickly.





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