Rain fails to dampen spirits at village carnival

Heage Carnival parade.
Heage Carnival parade.

Rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of Heage and Nether Heage Carnival-goers who turned out in force last weekend.

The spectacular free event saw hundreds flock to the village - with organisers commenting it had “exceeded all expectations”.

Members of the Derby Midshipmen Band brave a deluge to lead the Heage Carnival around the village on Saturday.

Members of the Derby Midshipmen Band brave a deluge to lead the Heage Carnival around the village on Saturday.

Starting from the Heage Windmill Inn at 10am, the procession was led by members of the Derby Midshipmen Band, closely followed by carnival queen Thea Nicholls and her attendants Mia Stone O’Brian, Emily Neubert and Eleanor Waller.

Carnival floats made by Heage Primary After School Club and Belper Town Football Club were pulled by a vintage tractor, following a procession route lined with bunting and scarecrows.

The event also included the Extreme Wheels BMX Stunt Show and dance performances.

Organiser Sarah Henshaw hailed the event a huge success. She said: “The carnival was a tremendous success, and exceeded all expectations – it’s very overwhelming.

Ripley Town Mayor Councillor Alwyn Bridge joins the parade through Heage on Saturday.

Ripley Town Mayor Councillor Alwyn Bridge joins the parade through Heage on Saturday.

“We had a dry morning, but unfortunately the weather didn’t hold out and we had quite a wet afternoon. This didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits though, and people still got stuck into the celebrations.

“Thank you to everyone who got involved – it shows our community spirit.”

Carl and Jo-Ann Morley leave Heague Windmill with the Carnival procession on Saturday.

Carl and Jo-Ann Morley leave Heague Windmill with the Carnival procession on Saturday.