Band steps in to save day

AMBERGATE Carnival is all ready to dance to the Balkan beat in its 30th year after a local band stepped in at the last minute to save the day.

The event this Saturday, July 9, was left without a band after the original line-up pulled out of the show at the last minute due to illness.

But now, thanks to a plea for help in the Belper News, a local band has come to the rescue and helped return the carnival atmosphere to Ambergate.

Aistaguca, pronounced ‘eyes-ta-gucha’, the UK’s only high-energy Balkan gypsy band, will be taking to the stage at Ambergate Recreation Ground and entertaining the crowds with their exciting blend of Romanian folk music mixed with contemporary rhythms and melodies.

And as well as performing in the main arena, Aistaguca will be accompanying the carnival procession, which leaves the Riverside Service Station on the A6 in Ambergate at 1.30pm.

Lisa Leach, who is chairman of the Ambergate Carnival Committee, said: “We’re over the moon that we’ve got such a great band playing at this year’s carnival.

“Their music is really lively and fun, and is guaranteed to get everyone’s feet tapping. It means we’ve now got a fantastic line up of acts and attractions for people to enjoy. A big thankyou to everyone who responded to our appeal for a band and to the Belper News for helping us out.”

The theme for this year’s carnival is animals. There will be prizes for the best animal fancy-dress costumes in the procession.

Other attractions at the carnival will include performances by Belper-based dance troupe Folk Friendzy, a chance to try your hand at archery, and a birds of prey display by Willow Falconry.

Oreo the racoon will be bringing lots of his friends along to the carnival, giving everyone the chance to handle exotic animals they’ve maybe never even seen before – from meerkats and snakes, to lizards and tarantulas.

There will also be the usual line up of rides, stalls and refreshments throughout the afternoon. The fun starts at 2pm and will be followed by a family disco from 5pm until 8pm.

For more information contact Lisa Leach on 01773 856719.

Also, teams of up to four people have been invited to take part in a fundraising quiz to help support the carnival.

The quiz is taking place tomorrow, July 7, from 7.30pm, at St Anne’s Church Hall, Derby Road, Ambergate.

Quizmaster Jonathan Leach said: “We hope lots of teams come along and join us for an entertaining and fun evening.” It costs £6 per team. To reserve a place contact Jonathan on 01773 856719.