Countdown to Ilkley Carnival fun

SWEETIES: Ilkley Pre-school pupils Maggie Brain, 3, and Dillon Livera, 4, with carnival sponsor Tariq Mahmood and chair Andrew Stacey (right).
SWEETIES: Ilkley Pre-school pupils Maggie Brain, 3, and Dillon Livera, 4, with carnival sponsor Tariq Mahmood and chair Andrew Stacey (right).
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Ilkley Carnival organisers hope the Tour de Yorkshire weekend will boost numbers at the town’s biggest single fundraising event on Bank Holiday Monday.

Carnival chairman Andrew Stacey said if tourists make a weekend of the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to Otley on Saturday and stay local for the carnival on Monday, profits could easily exceed the £12,000 raised at 2015’s May Day event.

With the biggest ever line up of entertainment on the East Holmes Field carnival showground, more than 1,000 people are expected in the “Best of British” themed parade which starts on The Grove at 11.30am.

Tracey Fearnley, manager of Ilkley Pre-school which is entering its tableaux “British Sweets” in the parade, said preparations started 12 months ago and costumes have been collectively made at craft afternoons and by parents at home.

Tracey said: “We have 14 children involved, with the youngest aged two, and they are all extremely excited to be in the parade. We’re in the midst of final preparation frenzy for the carnival and the parents have been fantastic.”

Ilkley Carnival 2016 is once again being supported by main sponsor Kashmiri Aroma.

Ilkley Carnival chairman Andrew Stacey said: “It’s going to be a busy weekend of selling tickets followed by the huge task of setting up the marquees, fencing, signage, gates, arenas and stages and organising our volunteers.”

He urged anyone who can help with any aspect of the carnival to get in touch and everyone to join the event - whatever the weather.

Tickets for Ilkley Carnival will be available on The Grove on Saturday and at Real Food Ilkley on Sunday and are 20 per cent cheaper for adults if bought in advance of the day, at £4.
Tickets can also be bought at the Tourist Information Centre, Poppy Red, Nora’s Interiors and Gifts, Shoe Bee Doo and the Little Tea House.

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