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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Glorious sunshine as thousands enjoy Ulverston Carnival

ULVERSTON Carnival may have taken place in glorious sunshine, but that didn’t stop the stars from coming out to celebrate a landmark anniversary.

The biggest names in film, theatre and music were well represented thanks to this year’s theme “That’s Entertainment” inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Coronation Hall.

Throngs of excited onlookers crowded the streets to catch a glimpse of the parade which featured tributes to rock band Kiss, characters from Shrek and, of course, Laurel and Hardy.

Ulverston Inshore Rescue, Ulverston Town Band and hundreds of representatives from local groups, charities, schools and dance troupes also took part as well as his year’s Carnival Queen, Bryony Wade.

Dozens of keen spectators arrived early to stake out a good spot at Ford Park which hosted a funfair and live entertainment.

Town councillor Mark Wilson, a member of the carnival committee said: “It’s a marvelous event, I’d say it’s more successful than ever.

“Everyone’s come out to enjoy the sun.”

Mum Charlotte Airey, 22, of Urswick was enjoying the day with two-year-old Henley.

She said: “I come every year and somehow it always seems to be a nice day weather wise and the kids always enjoy it.

“The children really enjoyed the parade and there’s a good atmosphere.”

Jack Seale, 66, of Town Street: “It’s been really good, it’s been nice weather as well because we’ve been to some when it’s been miserable.

“The committee that organises this really deserve a lot of credit.

“The best thing about it is it brings people together. The town’s full and it helps the shops and pubs.”

It’s not just locals who enjoyed the day, the event also attracts visitors from far and wide.

Peter Craig, 66, and his wife Christine, 60, make an annual trip to Ulverston from Edinburgh to experience the carnival.

The Scottish couple are both members of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society.

Mrs Craig said: “We’ve come here to support the museum. We’ve been here almost every year for about 20 years and we’ve made friends that we see here.”

Mr Craig said: “We first came here because it’s the birthplace of Stan Laurel. It’s amazing how many people are here in Ulverston, it’s a real boost for the town.”

Some of the proceeds from donations will go towards the Friends of the Coronation Hall, a group set up to support and promote the town’s iconic entertainment venue.

David Wood, chairman of the group, said: “It’s been a good day. Everyone has been donating to the Friends of the Coronation Hall and I think it was one of the best parades in years.

“We’ve signed up some more members and I think that brings us close to 700 now.”

Other charities which will benefit from this year’s carnival are Ulverston Disabled Club which provides regular outings for its members throughout the year and The Wednesday Club which organises a weekly get together for disabled youngsters.

For a full report and more photos, see Monday’s Evening Mail.

Send us your photos from Ulverston Carnival Day, tweet @NWEMlive or email pictures@nwemail.co.uk

Have your say

Always one moans about drinking on the street. Brilliant day even with drinkers well done organisers and well done to all who participated.

Posted by Mr e on 8 July 2014 at 15:25

ulverston always makes carnival day a special day, well done xx

Posted by lorraine edmondson on 6 July 2014 at 21:01

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