Thousands flock to Horwich for carnival and Festival of Racing

Grupo Sambafrica entertain the crowds during the Horwich Carnival parade

Grupo Sambafrica entertain the crowds during the Horwich Carnival parade

Grupo Sambafrica entertain the crowds during the Horwich Carnival parade

Bunny ears for Rebecca Nield, of Horwich Sapphires Morris Dancers

Thousands flock to Horwich for carnival and Festival of Racing

Cyclists taking part in the Festival of Racing

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THOUSANDS of onlookers swarmed the streets as Horwich proved to be the place to be this weekend for two flagship events.

Families flocked to the Horwich Carnival, which began on Friday, before a new and improved parade made its way through the streets yesterday.

It also coincided with an action-packed “long weekend” of sport, as cyclists, swimmers, runners and unicyclists competed in the annual Horwich Festival of Racing, staged from Wednesday to Sunday.

Yesterday, onlookers lined the streets as the carnival parade made its way through the town centre – where racing paused at noon to allow the spectacle to proceed.

The carnival also saw Nick Pickard, who plays Hollyoaks’ Tony Hutchin-son, came along to sign autographs as a guest of honour.

He said: “The atmosphere is brilliant and everyone has come out to support the carnival. I am having a great time and everyone has been so welcoming.”

Another Hollyoaks star was in town as heartthrob Ashley Taylor Dawson, who plays Darren Osborne, signed programmes in Old Station Park on Saturday.

The park also hosted a bonnie baby competition, dog show, modelling contest, performance from Bolton Majorettes, stalls and a funfair.

Sunday’s parade, led by the Bolton Caledonia Pipe Band, featured floats of carnival royalty, Morris Dancers, cheerleaders and classic cars.

The Grupo Sambafrica batala band and samba dancers also brought a touch of African flair.

Sporting events included the national unicycle road race and the festival’s first adapted cycle race, for people who struggle with normal bicycles.

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2:27pm Mon 16 Jun 14

wild one says...

Thousands?

And i only saw a couple of classic cars...mmmmmmmmmm
Thousands? And i only saw a couple of classic cars...mmmmmmmmmm wild one
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

Thousands ? Pictures tell the truth, a bit like e Motorsport thing at the town hall, at the weekend, it was being advertised as a motoring event to rival all the big ones, turned out to be about a dozen or so modern cars from Peugeot, ford and Mazda....... Shambles to say the least.
Thousands ? Pictures tell the truth, a bit like e Motorsport thing at the town hall, at the weekend, it was being advertised as a motoring event to rival all the big ones, turned out to be about a dozen or so modern cars from Peugeot, ford and Mazda....... Shambles to say the least. JustBecause
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Hate politics says...

I attended and it was pathetic - the stewards were rude and abusive to drivers when they're stop and go signs contradicted themselves - felt sorry for the people trying to get around horwich to do their usual weekend activities. I'm sure they can put the money to better use, maybe something that lasts longer than a couple of hours that pays hundreds of staff and inconveniences the public and that more than half of the residents of Horwich dislike! some of the sights as well, all I can say is ewwwwww!
I attended and it was pathetic - the stewards were rude and abusive to drivers when they're stop and go signs contradicted themselves - felt sorry for the people trying to get around horwich to do their usual weekend activities. I'm sure they can put the money to better use, maybe something that lasts longer than a couple of hours that pays hundreds of staff and inconveniences the public and that more than half of the residents of Horwich dislike! some of the sights as well, all I can say is ewwwwww! Hate politics
  • Score: -3

7:04pm Mon 16 Jun 14

soup153 says...

International Mersey River Festival On The Waterfront. Was a fantastic day out worth every penny of the £10.70 train ticket.
International Mersey River Festival On The Waterfront. Was a fantastic day out worth every penny of the £10.70 train ticket. soup153
  • Score: 2

7:43pm Mon 16 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

This was a local community with limited resources doing the best they could,kudos to the people who put their time and energy into it,maybe if more people had positive attitudes rather than putting the festival down it could have been more successful.
This was a local community with limited resources doing the best they could,kudos to the people who put their time and energy into it,maybe if more people had positive attitudes rather than putting the festival down it could have been more successful. boltonnut
  • Score: 22

11:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

BG2012 says...

Beautiful samba girls with amazing outfits putting on a lovely show for all the locals and all people can do is moan! Well done to all involved x
Beautiful samba girls with amazing outfits putting on a lovely show for all the locals and all people can do is moan! Well done to all involved x BG2012
  • Score: 9

5:04am Tue 17 Jun 14

rostron says...

Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event?
, Maybe you could even enter the carnival !
I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival.
Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on.
We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault.
One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x
Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event? , Maybe you could even enter the carnival ! I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival. Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on. We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault. One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x rostron
  • Score: 7

8:40am Tue 17 Jun 14

rostron says...

Hate politics wrote:
I attended and it was pathetic - the stewards were rude and abusive to drivers when they're stop and go signs contradicted themselves - felt sorry for the people trying to get around horwich to do their usual weekend activities. I'm sure they can put the money to better use, maybe something that lasts longer than a couple of hours that pays hundreds of staff and inconveniences the public and that more than half of the residents of Horwich dislike! some of the sights as well, all I can say is ewwwwww!
to which are you referring to, the cycling or carnival, as they are separate events !
[quote][p][bold]Hate politics[/bold] wrote: I attended and it was pathetic - the stewards were rude and abusive to drivers when they're stop and go signs contradicted themselves - felt sorry for the people trying to get around horwich to do their usual weekend activities. I'm sure they can put the money to better use, maybe something that lasts longer than a couple of hours that pays hundreds of staff and inconveniences the public and that more than half of the residents of Horwich dislike! some of the sights as well, all I can say is ewwwwww![/p][/quote]to which are you referring to, the cycling or carnival, as they are separate events ! rostron
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

templejohn says...

Rostron... If the two events are seperate, they should be held

at seperate times, as they used to be, when Horwich, had a carnival..
Rostron... If the two events are seperate, they should be held at seperate times, as they used to be, when Horwich, had a carnival.. templejohn
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

adatherton says...

Anyway you lot, come and walk round the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 5-6 July. Much nicer part of BL6 than Horwich, even if I say so myself.
Anyway you lot, come and walk round the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 5-6 July. Much nicer part of BL6 than Horwich, even if I say so myself. adatherton
  • Score: -4

2:48am Wed 18 Jun 14

hal pel says...

rostron wrote:
Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event?
, Maybe you could even enter the carnival !
I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival.
Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on.
We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault.
One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x
Boo hoo!
[quote][p][bold]rostron[/bold] wrote: Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event? , Maybe you could even enter the carnival ! I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival. Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on. We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault. One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x[/p][/quote]Boo hoo! hal pel
  • Score: 2

8:16am Wed 18 Jun 14

rostron says...

templejohn wrote:
Rostron... If the two events are seperate, they should be held

at seperate times, as they used to be, when Horwich, had a carnival..
sorry cant quote publicly on this matter
[quote][p][bold]templejohn[/bold] wrote: Rostron... If the two events are seperate, they should be held at seperate times, as they used to be, when Horwich, had a carnival..[/p][/quote]sorry cant quote publicly on this matter rostron
  • Score: 0

8:18am Wed 18 Jun 14

rostron says...

hal pel wrote:
rostron wrote:
Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event?
, Maybe you could even enter the carnival !
I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival.
Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on.
We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault.
One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x
Boo hoo!
ignorance in two words !
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rostron[/bold] wrote: Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event? , Maybe you could even enter the carnival ! I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival. Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on. We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault. One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x[/p][/quote]Boo hoo![/p][/quote]ignorance in two words ! rostron
  • Score: -2

10:34am Wed 18 Jun 14

hal pel says...

rostron wrote:
hal pel wrote:
rostron wrote:
Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event?
, Maybe you could even enter the carnival !
I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival.
Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on.
We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault.
One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x
Boo hoo!
ignorance in two words !
That's not quite right though, is it? According to your comment, two people from the whole of Horwich attended meetings regarding the organisation of this event. All that says is that the local community really couldn't care less whether this event went ahead or not.
[quote][p][bold]rostron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rostron[/bold] wrote: Perhaps those not happy over the carnival aspect held in Horwich would like to volunteer for next yrs event? , Maybe you could even enter the carnival ! I cannot comment on the cycle racing part, as that is separate from the carnival. Facts, 2 people attend meetings with the council, health & safety, trying to raise funds,& a multitude of other preparations to put the carnival on. We hope its gets better & better in future, but they have worked hard for nearly 12 months, to try & do something for the town, & money raised goes to local charity. Some things they were let down with,not their fault. One organiser had 2 operations & a bereavement in the midst of it all, the other organiser was also rushed into hospital with appendicitis ,had the operation, & after was doing paperwork from her hospital bed,! How do I know? The one who lost her appendix is my daughter, & in all of this, they have families to see to. Don't knock things until you have tried doing it, for those complimenting, your remarks are appreciated.x[/p][/quote]Boo hoo![/p][/quote]ignorance in two words ![/p][/quote]That's not quite right though, is it? According to your comment, two people from the whole of Horwich attended meetings regarding the organisation of this event. All that says is that the local community really couldn't care less whether this event went ahead or not. hal pel
  • Score: 1

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