Thousands of visitors enjoyed this year’s Market Harborough Carnival.
According to the weather forecast, it was supposed to rain on Saturday in Market Harborough, from mid-day onwards. Fortunately the forecast was wrong.
“A big relief” admitted Carnival Committee chairman John Bush.
“After last year’s washout on Carnival Day, we had to use our cash reserves to pay for this year’s Carnival.
“People don’t realise we get no financial support from outside sources for this.
“Two rainy Carnivals in a row would have been a real problem for us.
“But the good weather meant there were lots of people in town watching the Carnival Parade, and lots of people here in Symingtons Recreation Ground.”
The good attendance meant plenty of cash in fund raiser’s buckets and more from the modest entrance fees to Symingtons Recreation Ground, off St Mary’s Road.
A grateful Mr Bush added: “I’ll never believe the weather forecast again!”
Mr Bush was also full of praise for Race Harborough, who were back with a series of races that coincided with Carnival day, and finished at the Carnival ground.
“It means we’ve had almost 1,000 runners finishing in the park, and if they all bring family members, you can see what a difference they make” said Mr Bush.
“We’ve got a good working relationship with Race Harborough.
“In past years we’ve struggled to have a good central attraction on the Carnival ground, but they have added such a lot to this year and last year’s Carnival.”
“It’s fantastic” said Race Harborough organiser Brian Corcoran.
“We’ve about double the people from last year, and we raised £25,000 last year, so we hope to make it £50,000 this year.
There was keen competition amongst the Parade floats.
In the end judges awarded first prize in the Adults category to Harborough Museum, sceond to Great Bowden Recital Trust and third prize to Specsavers.
The Children’s Category first, second and third was The Sunflowers Nursery, Little Angels Nursery and Woodcock Theatre Arts.