Sun shines at Irthlingborough carnival

Chelsea's Angels have fun at Irthlingborough Carnival
Chelsea's Angels have fun at Irthlingborough Carnival

Residents turned out in their hundreds as Irthlingborough carnival parade made its way through the town in the sunshine today (September 1).

The procession started in Finedon Road and travelled through town to the recreation ground and crowds lined the route, cheering and throwing coins into collectors’ buckets.

At the head of the parade were members of the Ist Irthlingborough Scouts who pulled their 104-year-old trek cart.

Group scout leader Nick Powell said: “We had bags of two pence coins to give residents in exchange for pound coins so that everyone had change to fill the buckets. It’s a great day and everyone has been looking forward to the carnival.”

Fire, police and ambulance crews were at the front of the parade, followed by floats by the scouts, the Ist Irthlingborough Guides and Michelle Randles School of Dance, in Irthlingborough.

The procession also included the town’s carnival court, which included the queen Martell Whitlock, 17, deputy queen Shannon Wilcox, 17 and princesses Daizee Rock, eight, and Rhianna Ruff, 13.

Carnival courts from Wellingborough, Corby, Kettering, Raunds, Newport Pagnell and Irchester also took part, as well as Northampton Pipe Band, the Waterloo Drummers, the charity Chelsea’s Angels and the Wellingborough Royal Blue Lancers Majorettes.

After the parade there was an afternoon of fun for all the family at the recreation ground.

Proceeds from the event will go to charity.