Groups join up for Christmas carnival fun

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THE enterprising Hucknall Round Table is to play an active part in the annual Hucknall Christmas Carnival for the first time.

The spectacular event, which marks the launch of Christmas in the town, will be held on Wednesday December 5.

The carnival is run by Hucknall Rotary Club and Allan Johnson, a member of the club, is the main organiser.

He said: “We are delighted that the Round Table has come on board. Help from their members as marshals for the carnival procession and in other ways will be very much appreciated.”

Table chairman Lee Freeley has been invited to join with Rotary club president Ian Young on the Market Place stage for the ceremony to switch on the lights of the civic Christmas tree, which will be performed by the chairman of Ashfield District Council, Coun Ken Knight (Lab), of Hucknall. Dino and Pete, of Capital FM, will also be there.

Mr Freeley said: “I realise what an important event the carnival is for the Hucknall community and we will be pleased to offer whatever help we can give.”

Mr Johnson said a new departure this year was that children of Hucknall schools would be providing decorations for the main tree on the Market Place.

He added: “It is very encouraging that agreement has been reached for the youngsters to make this contribution, which will certainly enhance the look of the tree. The idea has proved very successful in other places, including Bulwell town centre.”

This will be the 18th carnival and it has been given a major cash boost with a grant of £2,000 from the Hucknall Area Committee, comprising members for wards in the town on Ashfield Council.

Santa’s sleigh and a marching band are to take part in the parade, which will this year start from the car park of the Tesco Extra superstore off Station Road.

Other attractions will include Gordon Pearson’s funfair and entertainment by the Hucknall-based Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band, as well as the opening of the popular Hucknall Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church.

n Full details of the carnival will be given in next week’s Dispatch.