Sun shines on carnival parade

DENTON Carnival organisers Margaret and Andy Williams saw this year’s parade from a different vantage point.

They were in the parade on a Bay Freight articulated lorry as they were also playing members of Denton Brass, Margaret on trombone and Andy bass.

Margaret, who has missed the carnival only once in its 27-year history, was secretary of Denton Carnival Association until this year.

She said: “Normally I didn’t see the parade unless I was marshalling the route.

“This was the first time I had been at the Haughton Green end for the start and it was nice to take part.”

Margaret handed over the secretarial duties to Lucy Gibson who was delighted with the way the carnival went.

Lucy said: “It has been busy being secretary, but I have loved it.

“It was a brilliant day and we were lucky to have good weather which we didn’t have last year.

“It brought out more people and it was really busy in the park.”

The parade assembled on Mancunian Road and the route was along Two Tree Lane, Stockport Road to Crown Point, where crowds were especially large, and then along Manchester Road, Acre Street, Duke Street to Victoria Park.

Once in the park where there were numerous stalls and attractions with activities centre on the bandstand.

There were displays by dance groups and bands before local MP Andrew Gwynne, president of Denton Carnival Association, made the presentations to the winners which included the Haughton Green Young People’s Centre having the best community float.

Denton Park Social Bowling Club entered the spirit by organising the Denton Carnival Open Invitation Bowls Tournament, a mixed pairs event, which was won by Joan Garratt and John Pyne.

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