Did You Spot Us at the Long Eaton Carnival?
Summer is well and truly here, and that can only mean one thing – the Long Eaton Carnival came to town. Did you see us there?
We and our smart cars were once again part of the parade that travelled to West Park on the 16th of June. The bad weather couldn’t stop us! Below you can see some photographs of our team at the Carnival and in the procession.
The Carnival is one of the biggest events in Long Eaton – but did you know it is thought to date back to before the 1930s? The first recorded Carnival in Long Eaton was held in 1931 and was the brainchild of Frank Carter, who was Chief Officer at the Fire Station as well as a key member of the Trinity Methodist Church. The aim of the first carnival was to raise money for the hospitals of Derby and Nottingham – there was no NHS in those days!
The support and money raised during this first Carnival was so encouraging that the organisers immediately began planning for the following year, and every year until it was interrupted by World War II. Following the war, the Carnival ran sporadically until it was properly reintroduced in 2004 – and it has run every year since then.
Robert Ellis loves being a part of this piece of Long Eaton history and loves seeing how many people also turn out in support. We hope to see you all again next year!