Organisers of a town’s carnival that will celebrate its half century this weekend have promised the festivities will take place whatever the weather.
Plans are being finalised for the 50th Rothwell Carnival for Saturday, July 15, with a bright procession weaving its way through the town to start off the day’s activities.
Carnival committee secretary Kate Ley said: “As its our 50th year, we’ve tried very hard to make this year extra special.
“Our theme this year is going for gold, as its our golden anniversary and the Olympics this year too.
“So people can expect to look out for gold-themed floats during the procession and plenty of entertainment on during the fete.”
If the day is blighted with poor weather, alternative arrangements have been made for stalls and entertainment to be moved at the nearby Trinity Hall and Methodist Centre.
A dazzling procession, featuring four floats and plenty of walkers, will move round the town after starting in Moorfield Road at 1.30pm, then moving onto Harrington Road, Fox Road, High Street, Bridge Street, Bell Hill, Rock Hill, Rushton Road, Cecil Street, Tresham Street, before going down Market Hill to take pride of place at the town’s Market Place.
Dozens of people are excepted to take to the streets, with the day’s festivities attracting up to 1,000 people in days gone by.
A fete will then take place in Manor Park from 2.30pm, and will feature live singing and music, a puppet show, dancing performances, plus family entertainment and rides.
A hot air balloon will also ascent from the site at 7pm.
Organisers have also lined up around 20 stalls for people to browse during the event.
Entry is priced at £1 for adults and is free for children.