Organisers hope for a top weekend

Honours: The carnival 'royalty' has been elected

Honours: The carnival 'royalty' has been elected

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Organisers hope the sun will shine this weekend for Chorley Carnival.

Fencing has been put up at Astley Park ahead of the three-day event.

After the catastrophe last year with the bad weather, we want everybody to turn up and we can look forward to making some money for the charity

After last year’s washout, it is hoped the forecast sunshine will appear and people will turn out in force.

Paul Wilkins, chairman of the carnival committee, said: “After the catastrophe last year with the bad weather, we want everybody to turn up and we can look forward to making some money for the charity.

“A lot of hard work has gone into it by a small band of volunteers and we want everyone to come and support us.”

Plans are well underway for the carnival, despite it being briefly cancelled last month.

The committee decided to axe the carnival, claiming it could not afford to pay a bond to Chorley Council for any damage to the ground at the park, but a deal was soon reached.

A funfair kicks off tonight at 5pm at Astley Park.

The carnival parade will set off from Botany Bay at 11.30am on Saturday.

The rest of the day will be filled with entertainment, including a dog show, cheerleaders, the crowning of carnival royalty, and special guests the Mayor of Chorley, Coun Marion Lowe, and actor Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria Sugden in soap Emmerdale.

On Sunday, registration starts at noon for a baby show and fun dog show.

There will also be a stunt show, car show, dog agility display and appearance by actor Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale.

Festival Circus will perform three times on Saturday and Sunday, as well as holding circus skills workshops.