Denton Carnival
Thursday 24th September 2015 @ 14:13 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News

Thousands of people turned out for Denton’s annual carnival parade on Sunday (13 September).

The long running event was a hit with local residents as they lined the parade route in anticipation of the floats and displays.

The groups set off from Haughton Green just after 12:30pm before making their way along Two Trees Lane and Stockport Road towards the centre of Crown Point.

After the conclusion of the parade the festivities continued in Victoria Park where there were performances from local dance group Gibson’s Dance Academy and musician James Marsh.

Local MP and Andrew Gwynne and Mayor of Tameside Councillor Vincent Ricci took over proceedings in the Bandstand to hand out awards to the best floats and community groups.

In the sports area of the park there was a special petting zoo provided by Agricultural and Rural Centre Romiley, where children could get up close and personal with a pair of llamas.

There was also a performance from long-time carnival supporters and crowd favourites the Buxton Billerettes.

Founder and leader of the group, Bill Weston, said: “We don’t do it for any gain for ourselves; everything we do is for charity. We don’t get anything out of it apart from seeing the smiles and laughs on people’s faces.

“It’s carnival time and carnival time is happy happy happy time. That’s what we’re after, happiness.

“It’s a good life being a Billerette”

MP for Denton and Reddish Andrew Gwynne was delighted with the turnout for the carnival, he said: “It’s great to see fantastic crowds all the way from Haughton Green all the way down to Crown Point. Once you got to the centre of Denton the place was just mobbed with people cheering.

“I think it’s been one of the best carnival parades in a number of years and it’s just so great to see people enjoying all the fun in the park and the funfair on the square.

“I also think this year we’ve had a record number of floats from community groups. That’s a real credit to all those scout groups, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, youth groups, dance groups, that have put in to show themselves off.

“Without the volunteers this carnival wouldn’t happen and in particular to Andy and Margaret Williams from Thackeray’s Books who really hold the whole show together. We enjoy one day in Denton but for them it’s 365 days of planning. They are brilliant and it’s a real credit to them and the volunteers.”