Video and gallery: Cannock Carnival brightens up town

All the fun of the carnival came to a Staffordshire town over the weekend – bringing its centre to life with music, fun and floats.

Video and gallery: Cannock Carnival brightens up town

Butterfly Shirley Gosling meets Charley-Mae Corbett, aged three, as Cannock Carnival gets under way

The annual event, now in its sixth year after being relaunched by the Cannock Traders’ Association, saw hundreds of people line the streets around Cannock Shopping Centre.

Clowns and stilt-walkers entertained the masses and youngsters had the chance to have pony rides, or get their face painted.

Carnival-goers also enjoyed great food and had the chance to pick items up from bric-a-brac stalls. Sheila Dunning, events manager with Cannock Traders’ Association, said: “We had a great time, the weather was fine and a lot of people turned up.

“There were quite a few events going on across the region over the weekend so we did well to stay competitive.“We are trying to grow the event year on year after reviving it and this was another step forward.”

The carnival saw musical performances from Cannock singer Mia Benton, as well as a steel band consisting of local school pupils. Dance company 2Step Dance Academy also got the chance to strut their stuff as visitors took in the sights and sounds of the carnival. Mrs Dunning said: “When we decided to get the carnival going again, we thought it needed to be at the shopping centre, because that way we can really keep people in the town.

“We want them to see what Cannock can offer when we all come together. It also gives our young local performers a chance to perform in front of more people, which is always good for them.

“It takes a lot of hard work across a whole year to organise the carnival but come carnival day it is always worth it. Just seeing the look on the children’s faces as they take in the sights makes it worth all of the planning and preparation.”

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