Carnival tribute to the war years

Carnival celebrations take over Long Eaton this weekend when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town – and this year’s theme will take its inspiration from the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 16 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme of ‘The War Years’.
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a £1,500 grant from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme and the same amount was also granted to Ilkeston Lions for their Ilkeston Carnival event.
This year sees the parade set off from West Park at 11am along Wilsthorpe Road before heading onto Tamworth Road, through the Market Place, along Derby Road and then back down to Wilsthorpe Road to the West Park carnival showground.
The carnival show offers family fun from 12noon through to 9pm with stalls and displays in the main arena - including the Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris Men, the Extreme Mountain Bike Show, dance displays, Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club and more throughout the afternoon. 
During the evening the entertainment turns to music courtesy of bands Subculture, Two Guitars Clash and This Time Last Year. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are grateful to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival through our Small Grants Scheme and to once again see all the entertainment at our Green Flag awarded West Park. We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
The weekend-long traditional Armstrong’s funfair will also add to the excitement, while Sunday (17th) will see a car boot attracting bargain hunters from 8am.
More details of the 2018 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
Roads on the carnival route will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade passes.