20th Aug, 2019

Crowds flock to Shirley carnival

Sarah Mason 15th Jul, 2019

CROWDS flocked to Shirley Park for the annual carnival.

Thousands of people descended upon Shirley Park on Saturday and were entertained by Misselchalke Gun Dogs, dance troupes and Punch and Judy.

Following the official opening by Lion President Martin Conlon, the Shirley Band got things off to a cracking start with a rousing musical performance in the main arena.

There was plenty on offer including paintballing games, go-karts, facepainting, hook-a-duck football shoot-outs and a variety of stalls.

Lion Colin Buckley, carnival chairman, said “This year we introduced some new elements to the carnival and they certainly went down well with the crowds.

“This was also the first year the carnival was held in a different field within Shirley Park so one or two teething problems were bound to occur.

“Thanks to reasonably good weather we had a great attendance and thanks must go to our main sponsors – The Window Centre, ASDA and Midhire Van Rental – as without their support the event would not have been possible.”

The Lions is still counting the money but Colin indicated the carnival should raise around £6,000, which will be donated to a range of local charities.

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