Blast from the past
Syston Carnival may not have the floats driving around the town before the event, like it used to years before, but the day still exudes a great community spirit, with a variety of stalls and entertainment on offer.
As a returning visitor to the carnival, after not being able to attend for the last few years, it was good to see the event still thriving. Held on Saturday 31st August, the carnival provided a great family day to all that attended, and the event was busy for the whole afternoon.
From inflatable slides for the children, to food stands, and your classic tombola stalls, there was something for everyone. However, it was nice to see a few new faces at the carnival, including representatives from the new wholesale store, ‘Costco’, in Thurmaston.
Sophie Fleming, from Membership Services at Costco said: “It’s been very good as our first year here as a stall-holder. We’ve been telling people about Costco and how to sign up as a member if they wish to.
We would definitely have a stall again at the carnival next year, as it’s a perfect location for us, with us just being down the road in Thurmaston.”
Each year the carnival helps to support many local charities and always encourages children to get involved, not only with competitions on the day, but with the entertainment that is provided as well.
As a child, I always remember being involved with the carnival as a Girl Guide, so it was lovely to see that the Scouts, Girl Guides and Brownies were still part of the annual event.
Louise Essex, Syston Brownie leader said: “This is only the second year of having a stall at the carnival, but the kids absolutely love it.
We try to get all of them involved in the lead up to it, and we even have some of the Rainbows helping out on the stall with us this year.”
After all these years, Syston Carnival still manages to keep that community feeling and has become a tradition each year for the town. With the weather holding out for the event, the carnival really did have a great atmosphere, and it was fantastic to be a part of and attend.
Written by Laura Higgins