Crowds brave the rain to enjoy Alfreton’s Party in the Park

HUNDREDS of folk flocked to the Alfreton Party in the Park on Sunday - despite outbreaks of rain throughout most of the morning.

The early arrival of autumn failed to put a dampener on the annual event, which kicked off with a marching band and procession of four floats featuring Santa and his Reindeer, belly dancers and people in fancy dress.

Visitors to the main arena also enjoyed various attractions, including Zumba dancers and the Amber Valley Arrowette cheer leaders.

There was also a variety of music on offer, with live acts on the main stage and in the acoustic marquis.

Liam Connell, vice-chairman of the organising committee, said: “It was raining while the procession was coming through the town. One or two young kids got wet but they were not that bothered.

“The turnout was not as good as other years because of the weather but it was a very, very good atmosphere. Next year will be our 10th anniversary, so we will do something special for that.”

Crowds were also treated to exhibition bouts by South Normanton Boxing Club and enjoyed a fun fair and medieval display.

Other attractions included charity and trade stalls, a chainsaw sculptor, donkey rides and miniature pigs - while there was also entertainment by the Major Oak barber shop quartet.

Profits from the day will be ploughed back into the event for next year.