THE countdown has begun to the 18th Hucknall Christmas Carnival, to be held on Wednesday December 5,
Main organiser Allan Johnson, of Hucknall Rotary Club, said: “It’s all systems go and plans for the event are falling into place!”
Hopes are high for a repeat of last year’s carnival, which was generally voted the best ever and attracted an amazing turnout of 7,000 revellers who packed the town centre solid.
This was the biggest turnout since the carnival was inaugurated by Hucknall Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry in 1995.
Mr Johnson said one proposed change this year was to run the spectacular parade from the Tesco Extra superstore on Station Road instead of the Aldi premises on Portland Road.
“So many people take part in the parade, some of them with floats, that we think it would be beneficial for it to start from the large Tesco car park,” said Mr Johnson.
“We are waiting for confirmation from the police that we can go ahead with the required road closures.”
As always, Santa Claus will take part in the parade with his sleigh. The official opening will be performed on the Market Place by the Chairman of Ashfield District Council, Coun Ken Knight (Lab), of Hucknall, while Dino and Pete, of Capital FM, are also to take part.
Gordon Pearson’s funfair will be a big attraction for youngsters on the Market Place and entertainment will be provided by Hucknall-based Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band, whose repertoire includes Christmas carols.
The carnival will coincide with the opening of the increasingly popular Christmas tree festival in Hucknall Parish Church. Mr Johnson said: “Good weather was a big factor in the success of the 2011 carnival and we hope it will be kind to us again this year.”