IT is all systems go for the Stalybridge Festival Weekend on June 22 and 23.
Not wanting to rest on its laurels, the new Stalybridge Festival Committee has planned a fun packed carnival weekend.
This year there will be five bands in the parade led by the City of Liverpool Pipes and Drums who are returning to Stalybridge after missing last year’s event. The others taking part in the parade are Silverbird Marching Band, Christ Church (Ashton) Boys and Girls Brigade Band, Hattersley Youth Band and The Vale Plastic Band from Mossley.
The committee has already received many more pledges than at this stage last year from local community groups, schools and businesses, including the Greater Manchester Rock Choir, who wish to take part in the parade which looks like being bigger.
Organising secretary Ian Cochrane said: “As a local resident I never cease to be impressed by the number of people who come out on our streets to watch the parade and join in the festivities in Cheetham Park.
“The carnival is part of our local heritage and it is fantastic that the people of Stalybridge and beyond come out to support the carnival each year. This year includes a wonderful performance from Greater Manchester Rock Choir in Cheetham Park after the carnival parade.”
In addition, the committee will be hosting the grand final of the Tameside Search For A Star talent contest in Armentieres Square on Saturday, June 22 starting at 12.30pm.
It will kick off the fun-packed carnival weekend. There will also be a small number of children’s funfair ride in the Square and Huddersfield Canal Society will be providing free canal rides throughout the weekend.
And all this before the main event, the carnival parade and family fun day with large fun fair, craft and community stalls, hot food stalls and live entertainment in Cheetham Park on the Sunday.
Joyce Hobson, honorary president for the committee, who along with her late husband David, was instrumental in setting up the carnival in 1976, said: “I must thank my family for the great support they have given me and David over the years in making Stalybridge Carnival the success it is today. I also want to thank all the members of the festival committee and volunteers who give their time freely to help plan and make sure the carnival is a great success.
“It would be remiss of me to not thank Tameside4Good and Tameside Action Together for their financial support towards the cost of the carnival – it is much appreciated.”
• Stalybridge Festival Committee has been selected for the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme in May and June.
They ask please support the carnival by putting blue tokens in the box when you visit your local Tesco store. They need money to fund the cost of the carnival.