Rothwell & District Carnival Committee

Carnival Day was brilliant!

 Carnival Day 2014

We had a great day of family fun at Springhead Park in Rothwell on Saturday.  A big thank you to everybody who has contributed to that and especially the Rothwell and District Carnival Committe who did a fantastic job. Thank you too for all who helped tidying up, picking up the litter - You would not have known that we had thousands of people in the park all day - Well done everybody!!


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The Carnival Committee

Committee Officers 


Chair: DeryckThorp 

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Treasurer: Dianne Chapman

Secretary: Debra Charlton (email )

A History of Rothwell Entertainments

Rothwell has a long history of fine entertainment.

In 1408, King Henry IV (son of John O'Gaunt of Rothwell) decreed that Rothwell should have two fairs per year, one in the month of July. Almost 600 years later, this still happens. May Day celebrations are held every May Day bank holiday and the Rothwell Carnival always takes place on the second Saturday in July.



The picture on the right (supplied by Mrs Homer) shows the Queen, Janet Homer (nee Edwards) being crowned by Mrs Gwen Turner at the Gala in 1939. Maid of Honour was Joyce Brooksbank and the Page Boy with the blonde hair is Ronald Whitehead. The previous Queen in the top right is Evelyn Nunns. Janet and some of the others were from the Church School whilst the others were from the Council School.



This picture (courtesy of Dennis Carver), dates back to 1956. Dennis is the Page Boy in front of the Queen.





The Children's Day Queen of 1957 was Margaret Bateman (nee Marshall) who is pictured here with her attendents, Susan Taylor, Susan Dickinson, Jean Beckwith and Yvonne Speake. (Picture courtesy of Margaret Bateman).


1990 to 2009

The "Rothwell Entertainments committee" was in operation between 1990 and 2009. The Rothwell Gala as the current carnival is commonly known has been in happening for at least a century in or around Springhead Park in Rothwell.

Todays Carnival

In October 2009 the old entertainments committee having stood down there was a hand over of responsibilities to a new reconstituted group called "Rothwell & District Carnival Committee.


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