I’ve been involved in quite a few events over the years, but when Councillor David Mackintosh announced at 4:45pm on Friday that tomorrows Carnival is cancelled it was an omen… With hindsight, I bet he wished he never postponed it!
What The Councillor Said“We are very disappointed. I’m truly sorry for the late notice but we have waited as long as we could before making this difficult decision. The Carnival is a great event for the town but Delapre is waterlogged and just cannot be used safely. We hope this is a postponement and will work very closely with the organisers to make sure the Carnival happens sooner rather than later.”
Northampton Carnival 2012 day
So along came he day of the Northampton Carnival and I google what’s happening. The website that I guess is the official Northampton Carnival site says that the schedule starts at 2:00pm from Delapre park and back to the park by 4:30 pm. So at 2:15pm I set off with the kids on the walk into town. We live on the Barrack Road just by the race-course 15 – 20 mins max walking and plenty of time to get a good spot to watch everything go by.
Leah said she could smell candy floss, but I couldn’t, but we all agreed that we were definitely going to have some when we got to town. Along the way we played the usual yellow car game, the kids do modify it every now and again to it’s actually; the Yellow, Orange or Pink Car game with extra points for Minis and Beetles. Time flew by and before long we were at Abington street and I realised we hadn’t seen any floats. I could hear them but couldn’t see anything. So we headed for that corner where Ask Restaurant is and saw a bit of a crowd and picked a spot.
What we saw was, well disappointing to say the least. There were only 3 floats and no-one in the parade dancing or singing, in fact they looked a bit tired and rather fed-up. Leah &That's his head there ... I think! Kyle (11 & 8yrs old) looked up at me and said “Is that it”? I was pretty sure that it wasn’t “it” so we decided to head on down to Delapre park to see the rest of the procession, and get our candy floss… Little did I know the adventure was about to start.
We spun on out heels and walked the couple of minutes back to All Saints church and then left, down a rather quiet Bridge St to Cotton end. We passed the carpark as Asda and saw a few lorries parked up in there, I thought they were having a break!
By this time we were joined by other ‘late comers’ looking for the Northampton Carnival. As we all entered Delapre park we to our surprise there wasn’t the usual fairground set up where the big smiley face was on the map. I didn’t expect a fun fair , I did read somewhere earlier that the fair was unfortunately not available today. We continued to stroll ahead ears pricked trying to follow the music.
It was about 1mile in looking at a very waterlogged Delapre park that the question of “where is the Northampton Carnival at!?” began to be uttered openly amongst the walking group of strangers.
We passed what at first seemed like a pond, yet I’d been here many times, there was no pond here! Delapre park was indeed waterlogged and flooded. So we were all on a wild goose chase, ah well the children seemed were enjoying the walk so we plodded along for another mile or so wondering where we had missed the Carnival.
“Leah joked that is was the trucks in Asda,” we all started laughing at the thought. Then we reached the end of the park crossed some metal barriers and found ourselves approaching what seemed to be a support home off an industrial estate. We sat together on a wall next to running water for a rest finishing the last of the juice we had bought with us.
Neither of us wanted to go on but the thought of turning back was not an option. But we were closer than we thought. Only a mile or so along we arrived at Northampton Carnival, it WAS in the Asda carpark!
Strewn across the carpark were And I really do use the word floats with some reluctance! 4 or maybe 5 floats . As we walked through there were no stalls no entertainment bar a sound system still playing, NO food bar jerk chicken and certainly NO Candy Floss!
We went into Adsa just on the off chance, I’ve seen those little plastic buckets of candy floss at one of the “cheap £1 shops” in town. But alas nop candy floss to be had, Leah bought a pack of 4 flakes and Kyle declined buying a pack of 6 England flags as he said he could only wave one flag at a time!
We exited Adsa and took a seat on the wall eating the flakes Leah bought for 15 minutes talking about the treck.
We three them strolled our way back up Bridge st to Maccy D’s and enjoyed a well earned super sized each!
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