Thousands take part in Wellingborough’s party weekend

Wellingborough's Party In The Park event

Wellingborough's Party In The Park event

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Thousands of people turned out to be part of the fun at Wellingborough’s party weekend.

The fun kicked off on Saturday with the carnival parade, which started at 1pm at Broad Green and made its way through the town to Croyland Park.

Wellingborough Carnival Association was inundated with entries in the parade, with community groups, businesses, schools and individuals all taking part.

The overall parade winner was Glamis Hall with its ‘Under the Sea’ themed float.

Graham Campbell from Glamis Hall said: “A lot of hard work was put in by everyone in the previous weeks and with Jo, Neil, Cheryl and Tricia staying up until midnight on Friday blowing up all the balloons.

“All the staff and volunteers had a very enjoyable day, really getting into the carnival spirit and dressing up for our theme of ‘Under the Sea’.

“Our minibus led the procession followed by children who train with Glamis Hall FC.

“Gary Johnson of GLJ Theatre at Glamis Hall kept the carnival crowd entertained with his funny antics around the whole route.

“We are so pleased to have got first for the best overall entry and received a trophy that will take pride of place at Glamis Hall.”

Barbara Terry, chairman of Wellingborough Carnival Association, said: “It was a wonderful day, a chance to forget about daily life and just have fun.

Gary, Heather and Graham from Glamis Hall with the certificates for their winning carnival entry

Gary, Heather and Graham from Glamis Hall with the certificates for their winning carnival entry

“Everyone made such an effort and you couldn’t help but smile as the parade passed through town.

“We had so many positive comments about how much people enjoyed themselves.”

The event continued once the parade reached Croyland Park, with a huge range of arena acts for people to enjoy, including a display of martial arts and majorettes, dancing and live music.

There was also a fun fair, attractions and plenty of stalls.

Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters enjoying the event

Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters enjoying the event

Croyland Park was also the venue for the party to continue into Sunday, as thousands of people enjoyed six hours of live music.

Families started arriving at 11am to find a good spot and settle down with their picnics.

The Party in the Park event was officially opened by Connect FM at midday and saw local bands and nationally-acclaimed tribute acts take to the stage.

Tributes to Justin Bieber, Little Mix and Princess Showtime had everyone singing along.

In between the live acts, people had plenty to keep them amused, with a reptile show and mini farm for the kids, funfair rides and lots of stalls all proving popular.

Julia Wells, events officer at Wellingborough Council, said: “It was a fantastic, free day out that really brought the community together.

Wellingborough carnival

Wellingborough carnival

“Our headline act, local band The 2 Tones, put on a great performance to bring the weekend to an end, and the atmosphere at Croyland Park has been brilliant.”

Picture slideshow by Beck Photographic.

Wellingborough's party weekend

Wellingborough's party weekend

Wellingborough's Party In The Park event

Wellingborough's Party In The Park event

Wellingborough's party weekend

Wellingborough's party weekend