Sun shines for carnival capers – PICTURES

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Crowds flocked to sun-blessed gala events across Derbyshire at the weekend.

Despite the torrential downpours the sun shone on the county’s carnival capers - which have been hailed as some of the best in recent years.

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Potters showed off their skills at the fifth Brampton Potteries Festival as record numbers of displays were on show.

The two-day ‘Olympots’ themed event included a summer fair, a thanksgiving service and barbecue.

Chris Townsend, of the festival, said: “It is very fitting that an industry which employed so many people in the Brampton area for so long should be remembered in this way.”

Dales revellers enjoyed fun in the sun in Youlgreave and Birchover as the villages hosted their annual carnivals.

Birchover kicked-off with Ashover Brass Band and Ryknild Morris Dancers before the procession took the spotlight.

Carnival King and Queen, Dante Frau and Aisling Flemming led decorated trailers, uni-cycles and wheelbarrows.

Sandra Rimmer, organiser, said the carnival was one of the best yet.

She added: “Two new attractions on the playing field included total wipeout and laser quest and these were a definite hit with carnival guests.”

The carnival committee were also celebrating a Community Action Grant of £1,000 from Derbyshire County Council.

The sun and visitors were both beaming at Hady Primary Fair on Saturday as the school hosted a fundraising afternoon.

The event, organised by Hady School Friends, included a bouncy castle, bucking bronco and gold panning.

Food and stalls were also on offer including a cake stall run by pupils trying to raise enough money for a school rabbit.

Colourful fancy dress was on show at one of the county’s best-loved carnivals in Newton.

The event on Saturday included decorated floats, a parade, street entertainers.

The largest Olympic tribute flag was also a top attraction as it was carried through the streets made up of 215 flags from participating countries.

Villagers also turned out for Cutthorpe Well Dressing festival and Gala Day.

Friday saw folk singing, a beer tent, childrens fair and the blessing of the well while crowds turned out on Saturday to enjoy entertainment, classic cars, crafts and an art show.