STALYBRIDGE Festival Committee capped off a successful year with participation in the fantastic Northern Lights Parade held in Stalybridge before hosting a Christmas event which saw carnival queens from across the region coming together at Heyrod Community Hall.Earlier in the year, the festival committee arranged the inaugural Stalybridge spring show as well organise the hugely successful carnival weekend with more than 6,000 people lining the parade route and joining in the celebrations in Cheetham Park.
The festival committee has also achieved the Action Together Quality in Action Award and the Tameside Safeguarding Charter Mark.
Joyce Hobson, festival committee president, said the awards were of their commitment to quality assurance and continuous improvement especially in terms of its organisational governance and safeguarding policies and procedures and evidence they have very sound and robust working arrangements.
On the Christmas queens’ event, Joyce added she was pleased to see carnival queens returning to Stalybridge for their Christmas event after taking part in this year’s carnival and renewing friendships with their carnival queens (Rhianna Ashmore, junior queen and princess Gracie Flanagan).
They are looking forward to selecting their 2020 carnival queens and will be publicising details of the arrangements for selection in January.
Organising secretary Ian Cochrane explained the festival committee is already hard at work with arrangements for the Stalybridge spring show in Cheetham Park on Sunday, May 10 and Stalybridge carnival weekend on June 27 and 28 and promising to make this year’s events bigger and better.