The first Oswaldtwistle Carnival since 1999 took place on Sunday 22nd June with sunshine all the way. The event was a complete success for the organisers spearheaded by Gayle Knight from the Civic Arts Centre.
Thousands of people lined the route from Vine Mill to Rhyddings School, it was a tremendous turn out from the people of Oswaldtwistle and they more than contributed to the enjoyment of the Carnival.
Over 1000 people took place in the procession along Union Road and with the many firms and organisations with their floats it made it a very colourful and lively event. It was good to see the various schools taking part with Mount Carmel and Rhyddings High school much in evidence.
Pipers led the procession with their special brand of music and thanks go out to these musicians who looked ever so smart in their uniforms. Volunteers were on hand with their collection buckets and it is hoped the proceeds will cover the cost of putting on the Carnival estimated to be around £5,000.
14 members of the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle acted as Stewards along the route and one of the Rotarians Sharron Edwards who was the Rotary link to Gayle Knight said “ The Rotary club are delighted to be associated with the revival of the Carnival, and the success is very much down to Gayle and her helpers who have worked very hard over the last 6 months”
Many thanks go out to the firms and Organisations who entered their floats with many continuing the entertainment in Rhyddings Park with sideshows such as beat the goalie, tombola, puppet shoes, horse riding, a fairground, and three music stages dotted around the park.
A very memorable day-hats off to Gayle Knight.