SLIDESHOW: Return of the Chesterfield Carnival

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Thousands of people descended on a Chesterfield park to welcome the return of the town’s carnival.

Organisers estimate more than 10,000 people attended the Chesterfield Carnival, which was brought back after 25 years.

Chesterfield carnival parade. Chesterfield royalty float.

Chesterfield carnival parade. Chesterfield royalty float.

The popular community event first began in the 1960s in Stand Road Park and remained a key date in locals’ social calendars up until 1989.

Chesterfield mum Maria Davison was keen to resurrect the much-loved carnival and the great community spirit that came along with it.

And thanks to a small team of organisers the carnival was hailed a great success and raised vital funds for the town’s Ashgate Hospice.

Mick Bagshaw, deputy manager of the carnival, said: “It’s been fantastic.We have a few hurdles along the way, which we’ve not only jumped over but demolished.

“We’ve already been approached about doing it again next year about making it a two-day event, with the second day featuring a marching band contest.”

Festivities kicked off with a parade through the streets of the town to the park led by the Chesterfield Musketeers, before the event was officially opened by original carnival founder Trevor Oldfield.

Families enjoyed attractions including fairground rides, live music, stalls and games.

Highlights on Saturday include carnival royalty in the form of Chesterfield Carnival Queen Sophie Long, with her Muskies and Maidens.

Trevor, who organised the festival for about 29 years for the Chesterfield Musketeers, said he was very emotional at seeing it return. “It’s really taking me back seeing it all again,” he added. “I’ve been sitting here with one of my old partners in crime from the band reminiscing. It just shows that this is what is wanted. This event is part of the community.”