Christmas Carnival back with a bang

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HUCKNALL Christmas Carnival is aiming to return with a bang after organisers had to scrap last year’s event at the 11th hour when the town was brought to its knees by heavy snowfall.

Hundreds of families were ready to usher in the festive season at the 16th annual carnival in 2010. But they were left disappointed by bad weather dubbed ‘the big freeze’.

Now those behind the 2012 renewal planned for Wednesday December 7 are determined to make up for lost time and put on a fun-filled party.

It is hoped to attract thousands of spectators for what is one of the town’s biggest events of the year.

Traditional features will again include a spectacular parade along High Street, live music, a tree-lighting ceremony on Market Place, a funfair and displays around the town.

Santa’s sleigh, which heads the parade, is even being given an overhaul as preparations continue for the carnival, which is organised by Hucknall Rotary Club, with support from Ashfield District Council.

Carnival co-ordinator Allan Johnson, of the Rotary Club, said: “We are all systems go and looking forward to a brilliant carnival night. It was a big disappointment last year but there was nothing we could do.

“The weather is out of our control. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed.”

The carnival parade will set off from Aldi, off Portland Road, at 6.30 pm.

The town’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.55 pm by the chairman of Ashfield District Council, Coun May Barsby (Lab). There will also be a roadshow, run by the Capital FM (formerly Trent FM) radio station, and a performance by Hucknall-based entertainers, Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band.

Stalls are available for hire at a carnival night event at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street. Get in touch with the centre if you are interested.