Parade’s return got party spirit started

Between 2,000 and 3,000 revellers turned out for one of the town’ most popular events of the year on Saturday.

As the day dawned, it looked set to be a very damp Lutterworth Carnival but the sun broke through the clouds and continued to shine as thousands made their way into town to enjoy the festivities.

Colourful...Nuture Me DAy Nursery during the carnival parade. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Colourful...Nuture Me DAy Nursery during the carnival parade. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

After a two-year hiatus, the event saw the return of the carnival procession which left Lutterworth College at midday before making its way through town, being greeted by many spectators along the way.

Led by town mayor Philip Toye in a space age-looking Ariel Atom vehicle and the 2014 carnival Prince and Princess in a Mini convertible, there were classic cars and bikes, a fire engine, guide dogs, and many people on foot.

The parade stopped at Coventry Road Recreation Ground and was finished off splendidly by Lutterworth Rugby Club with its all singing and dancing float.

The showground events on the Rec then got underway after being officially opened by the mayor, with lots going on including a beach area with buried treasure, Punch and Judy show and home-made ice cream.

The fairground rides were busy all day and new for this year was the Amazing Colour Maze to keep youngsters entertained while parents could enjoy time-out with a tea, coffee and cakes in the St Mary’s Church marquee.

The field was packed with stallholders and there was a music stage with bands as well as dance acts, dodgeball and touch rugby demonstrations, giant inflatables, quad bikes, a bungee trampoline and a penalty shoot-out with Sulley from Monsters Inc in goal.

Wheelchair basketball was a big hit as volunteers had a go manoeuvring in sports wheelchairs against the pros.

Town councillor Robert Coleman, a member of the Lutterworth Town Council Events Working Party, which organised the day, said: “It was a great day all round and turned out to be another successful Lutterworth Carnival, something for all the community to enjoy.

“Roll on next year where we will hopefully see more participants in the procession.”

The town council thanked all its supporters for helping make the event a success from marshals to town businesses.