BUMPER crowds packed into Centre Vale Park as the sun shone on Todmorden Carnival.
Organised dubbed the annual event a huge success as numbers were up by an estimated 75 per cent thanks to the good weather and a well chosen theme.
Philip Clarke, from the organising committee, said: “We’ve done really well this year. For such a small committee, we’ve come up with a really successful event. We’ve had 44 stalls, a very big fun fare and the entertainment has been constant.
“The weather has really brought out the people of Todmorden and it has encouraged people to stay.”
The Olympic and Diamond Jubilee theme brought out the creative and colourful best in Todmorden, as thousands gathered along Halifax Road and Burnley Road to watch the parade make its way to the park.
Leading the way was Todmorden Community Band, closely followed by the new Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Abid Hussain, in a black open top car. There were also Carnival Queens, cheerleaders, dance groups, school displays - featuring Big Ben, London buses, Olympic hoops and Olympic torches - and more.
Coun Hussain, who opened the carnival and judged the individual fancy dress competition, said: “It was absolutely superb. This is the first time they have had decent weather for three years and it was a special feeling for me to go in that open top car.”
In the park, there was a fun fare, displays from local dance groups, various charity and commercial stalls and Freddy the Fire Engine.
Robin Ward, Station Commander for Todmorden, Mytholmroyd and Illingworth, said: “We brought the Todmorden appliances for the public to see and we have been running rides and selling merchandise for the Fire Fighters Charity. It’s been a fantastic event for the town and everyone has seemed to enjoy it.”
Mother-of-two Carmen Pearson, who lives in Todmorden and is on the carnival organising committee, said: “It’s been brilliant. It has been the best carnival for a long time.”
Philip thanked the organising committee for their hard work and said anyone interested in joining can call him on 07778 614128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.