A hundred not out for Aylburton Carnival

By George Henderson in Local People

THIS year’s Aylburton Carnival was a special celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the first carnival in 1917.

However, unlike the 1917 event which had to be postponed due to wet weather, this year’s went off under sunny skies.

The original carnival was organised to raise money for cigarettes and matches to send to local men fighting in the trenches.

Today, the carnival raises money towards the upkeep of the Aylburton Memorial Hall.

As usual the procession started at Taurus Crafts with walking entries joining at Millbrook Green, and wound through the village to the playing fields for an afternoon of fun and frolics.

The entertainment included a tug-of-war, children’s races a family fun dog show and classic cars.

Mark Sargent, chairman of the Memorial Hall committee, said: “It was a fantastic day. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people on the playing field - there must have been at least 2,500.

“We’re still counting the money but I think we’re looking at between £5,000-£6,000.

“In a way we’re still staying true to the original spirit in that the Memorial Hall pays tribute to the local men who gave their lives in both world wars.”

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