Thousands flock to town carnival

Thousands of revellers flocked to Chesterfield’s Stand Road Park on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the town’s annual carnival.

The event was billed as the biggest ever and the crowds were treated to good weather if not the extremely high temperatures which were a feature of last year’s festival.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity Ashgate Hospicecare.

Organiser, Maria Davison, said: “It went awesomely and everybody had a fantastic time - we couldn’t have asked for it to go any better.

“Everybody mucked in and got involved in all the activities, from having fun with Rex the ‘Roarsome’ dinosaur to singing songs from Frozen.”

The weekend featured live music, the ‘Chezzy Cup’ five-a-side football tournament, a fair, a dog show, a tug-of-war competition and the chance for children (and adults!) to learn the ‘ways of the force’ at the ‘jedi knight’ academy.

In addition to this, one of the undoubted highlights of the weekend was the amount of ‘cosplay’ on show.

‘Cosplay’ or costume play is the practice of dressing up like characters from films, televison programmes or comic books and carnival-goers were wowed by appearances from Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, DC Comics’ Harley Quinn, Marvel’s Ironman and even a team of Star Wars Stormtroopers.