SANTA Claus will take the reins of a souped-up sleigh as next week’s Hucknall Christmas Carnival welcomes the start of the festive season.
After the disappointment of the cancellation of the flagship event last year because of heavy snow, the 16th renewal on Wednesday December 7 should provide a night to remember.
Thousands are expected to throng the streets of Hucknall town centre for the Carnival, which has been organised by Hucknall Rotary Club.
It will begin with a parade from the Aldi store, off Portland Road, and along High Street to Market Place.
The parade will be headed by Santa on a sleigh that has undergone a facelift, courtesy of Rotary and a grant from Ashfield District Council.
Floats will also feature local schools and members of community groups in fancy dress.
After the procession is complete, the lights of the civic Christmas tree will be switched on by the chairman of Ashfield Council, Coun May Barsby (Lab).
Music before and after the Market Place switch-on will be provided by Hucknall’s Phil Rostance And The Marshall Band.
The Carnival’s co-ordinator, Allan Johnson, of Hucknall Rotary, said: “We are looking forward to getting all the preparations behind us and enjoying the Carnival.
“It was very difficult when we had to cancel last year. We left it until the last possible moment but had no real choice.
“Let’s hope everyone comes out and gives their support next week.
“It has been a bit of a struggle with some organisations not able to give as much support because of the economic troubles. But we have got there.
“If everything goes to plan, it should be a brilliant night. We are looking to usher in the festive season in style.”
Once again, breakfast show presenters Twiggy and Emma from Capital FM (formerly Trent FM) will host the evening as part of a roadshow.
Street entertainers will be out in force, Gordon Pearson’s funfair will be on Market Place and stalls will line High Street.
Attractions and refreshments will be at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street and Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.
A SERIES of roads will be closed in the town centre during the Carnival.
From 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm: the whole of Titchfield Street; Baker Street from Ogle Street to High Street; High Street from Watnall Road to Baker Street; and South Street from High Street to its junction with West Street. From 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm: Ashgate Road from its junction with Robin Bailey Way to Portland Road; Portland Road from Ashgate Road to Station Road; and the whole of High Street and Baker Street (all 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm).