Happy return for Glapwell carnival

NMAC11-1272-3''Glapwell Community Development Group are re-launching Glapwell Carnival on Sunday 12th June at Glapwell Cricket Ground after a 20 year absence. Chairman of the group Rachel Hibbert, centre, is pictured with Secretary Vicky Morris, left,  and Treasurer Christine Seedhouse, right, at the ground on Saturday.
NMAC11-1272-3''Glapwell Community Development Group are re-launching Glapwell Carnival on Sunday 12th June at Glapwell Cricket Ground after a 20 year absence. Chairman of the group Rachel Hibbert, centre, is pictured with Secretary Vicky Morris, left, and Treasurer Christine Seedhouse, right, at the ground on Saturday.
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GLAPWELL Carnival is to be revived and restored to its former glory thanks to the efforts of villagers.

The event was popular in the 1970s and 1980s but came to an end due to it being plagued by bad weather and an increasingly older organising committee which struggled to keep it going.

Now the carnival, which used to be held on August bank holiday, will return to its original Glapwell cricket field venue on Sunday, 12th June.

The event has been re-launched by Rachel Hibbert, of the Glapwell Community Development Group.

She said the summer spectacular would help to bring the community together.

“In this day and age, everybody seems to be in their own world and people have lost that sense of community support and togetherness,” she said.

“We are aiming to get that back - people do not even say hello to their neighbours.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of activities with attractions including inflatable bouncy castles, face painting as a well as a number of stalls around the site.

There will also be a ‘big stage’ with live music acts, including male and female singers and drama groups - while there will be also be activities like laser quest, tug of war, shoot the goalie and a disco.

Folk should also keep their eyes peeled on the crowd for a Captain Jack Sparrow look alike between 1-3pm

Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner will officially open the event - which kicks off at noon with a village parade.

Rachel said the carnival used to draw some big celebrity names, including Diana Dors, who once opened the popular community event.

“I used to go as a child and you would see people from Shirebrook and all over Mansfield. It was just brilliant,” she said.

The carnival is open from noon-8pm.

Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children, £2 for senior citizens and £5 for a family ticket with two adults and two children.

Coun Ann Syrett said she hoped villagers would throw their weight behind the event.

She said: “We are hoping it will bring the community together during these dire times and are fully supportive of this community initiative.”