Carnival Fun Is Family Affair For Charley

23 July 2010

Charley Torr

Charley Torr (right), University of Derby student and employee, is the Carnival Organiser for the revived Brassington Carnival this year.

Our family has always been involved in some way with the carnival so I'm glad that Charley's taken it on this year.

Patricia Horrocks.

A great Derbyshire tradition will be staged at the end of this month (July) thanks to a University of Derby student keeping it all in the family.

Brassington Carnival's roots date back more than half a century. This year's event - on Saturday July 31, at Brassington School Field and Wirksworth Dale - marks the second time in six years the carnival has been revived, with villagers keen for younger people to get involved in organising it.

This year's Carnival Organiser Charley Torr, 23, a University student and employee, is carrying on a family tradition. Her grandmother Patricia Horrocks did the same job when she was Charley's age, more than 40 years ago.

Patricia, 65, is a lifelong resident of Brassington village, and has served its parish council as clerk and councillor for more than 30 years. She remembers attending Brassington Carnival as a toddler after the Second World War and headed the carnival committee as a young woman in the late 1960s, also helping out in later years.

Patricia said: "The carnival is a great tradition with lots of the villagers getting involved. We always have what's called 'Wakes Week' in the run up to the event when we'll hold things like jumble trails, a whist drive, treasure hunts and a 'build a scarecrow' competition.

"The carnival itself is always held as near as possible to St James's Day, July 25, as St James's is our village church.

"Our family has always been involved in some way with the carnival so I'm glad that Charley's taken it on this year. She is doing a really good job, and the new Big Bash and Beer Festival evening event will bring an extra dimension to the day."

Over the years the carnival has raised thousands of pounds, for its village hall and for charitable causes. Profits from this year's event will go to the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Charley - a final year student on the University's Business Management and Law Joint Honours degree, and Assistant Alumni Officer in its Marketing Department - said: "It has been hard work but it will all be worth it on the day.

"The carnival committee members have been very supportive. We've been preparing since February, and I couldn't have done it without them."

Brassington Carnival on Saturday July 31 will feature a summer fete with stalls, children's slides and rides, a magic show, Punch and Judy show, bowls and activities, and beer and food stalls from 11am to 5pm. The carnival procession will make its way through the village from West End at 12noon to the judging at Greenway at 1pm. Both are free to attend.

The evening's Big Bash and Beer Festival will begin at 6.30pm with a procession from the village's Miners Arms pub, taking a wicker man up to Wirksworth Dale to be burnt. Music and dancing will then be held from 7pm to midnight. Live music will be provided by Folk rock band 'Donja Vines' and soul-funk group 'Breaker'.

Admission to the Big Bash is £5 adults, £2 for under-16s and free for children under five. Admission includes a free burger or hot dog from the barbecue.

For further details see the Brassington Carnival website at

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