Children cheer at Elland’s Carnival

Elland Carnival.'Elland CE Primary School in the parade.
Elland Carnival.'Elland CE Primary School in the parade.

Shining sun and entertainment galore put a smile on the faces of children and adults at the annual Elland Carnival.

The July 5 carnival got off to a kick-start in a schools’ sporting event involving three local junior schools taking part in relays and running, on Vauxhall playing field.

Old Earth Primary School, Lower Edge Road, proved they were on top of their game - winning overall in the schools’ sporting competition.

The carnival procession, led by Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band, Cleckheaton, was largely made up of local school children in fancy dress. The procession departed from Elland C of E School, Westgate, did a circuit of the town centre, and returned to Vauxhall playing field.

Children enjoyed chasing the carnival’s Lollypop Man for sweets and giggled at a slapstick circus performance by National Festival Circus.

Karen Binns Dance Group performers entertained crowds and Dads and Grandads were kept entertained with a collection of classic cars, trucks, a fire engine and a BMX bike stunt show.

In not forgetting the Grand Depart of Yorkshire’s biggest ever sporting event, that day, there was a special bike decorating schools competition in the theme of the Tour de France, won by Elland C of E School.

Organiser David McCorrie said: “It was absolutely packed out - good weather always makes it so much more enjoyable. The Tour de France didn’t take away any of our crowds - who we would like to thank for supporting the day and joining us.”

Stalls selling cakes, coffees and teas were enjoyed by families taking a light break from the sun and the fun.

All proceeds raised by Elland Charity Carnival go back into the town; towards children’s sporting activities.