Chesterfield and Tupton carnivals wow crowds – can you spot yourself in our picture slideshow?

Thousands of people descended on Cheserfield yesterday for the town’s long-awaited carnival.

The glorious sunshine ensured that the return of Chesterfield Carnival was a great success after a 25 year gap.

Chesterfield carnival. Ryliegh and Harliegh Gregory eating ice lollies.

Chesterfield carnival. Ryliegh and Harliegh Gregory eating ice lollies.

Festivities kicked off with a parade through the streets of the town to Stand Road Park led by the Chesterfield Musketeers before the event was officially opened by the original founder of the carnival, Trevor Oldfield.

Families enjoyed attractions including fairground rides, games, stalls and live music.

The idea to resurrect the community event was that of busy Chesterfield mum Maria Davison, 32.

Her idea grew from a small gala raising funds for Ashgate Hospice into organising a carnival.

Mick Bagshaw, who helped Maria organise the event, said: “It’s been fantastic.

“We have a few hurdles along the way, which we’ve not only jumped over but demolished.

“We’ve already been approached about doing it again next year but making it a two day event.”

Meanwhile, villagers turned out in their hundreds for Tupton Carnival.

This year’s sun-soaked parade was one of the best yet, with colourful floats, local Brownies and Rainbows and a spectacular pipe band among the attractions.

The UK’s strongest man Adrian Smith held the audience spellbound with his demonstrations while youngsters were wowed by children’s entertainers.

The carnival is organised by Tupton Events Committee, a small team who voluntarily give up their time to create the show.

It is funded by money raised through entertainment nights in the village hall and aided by the parish council.

Sheila Greaves, of the committee, said: “Many other people, young and old, have volunteered their services to make the carnival a success and we would like to say a big thank you to them all.

“We also wish to thank the people of Tupton and beyond for coming to support the fundraising evenings throughout the year to pay for the carnival.

“It would not be possible without your support.”