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Crowds brave the rain at Arnold Carnival

The rainy weather didn’t stop the crowds from getting in the carnival spirit as the town of Arnold was brought to life at the weekend.

Families from all over Gedling borough gathered to enjoy the carnival, despite the cold and wet weather.

Gedling Borough Council remained steadfast and refused to let the rain and wind put a dampener on the three-day event, which included live music, fairground rides, food stalls and craft tents.

Liz Banks from Carlton said: “We’re so glad it’s on. We come every year and thought it might be off due to the rain. Luckily it’s not a mudbath like the Download Festival.

Crowds brave the rain to watch live entertainment (PIC: Gedling Eye)
The event was plastic free

Brian Simpson from Lowdham said: “As good as ever. Good music and a nice pint of Guinness. What a great way to spend a weekend.”

Tony Phillips from Netherfield didn’t think the event would take place.

“We thought it would be off, he said.

“But we were really glad it was on. The kids love it and can go on the park afterwards. They’ve all had ice creams and loved the fair. Nice food too.

“It was nice to see Vernon Coaker the MP here too. I said ‘hello’. It’s good he supported the event.”

Lucy Jones from Mapperley thought the weather had put people off.

She said: “I don’t think they are as many stalls or people as last time. It’s probably the poor weather.

The year’s event, for the first time, was plastic clever.

The aim was to reduce the big plastic polluters – plastic stirrers, drinking straws, cutlery and single use plastic cups.

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This includes using a returnable cup deposit scheme for the bar and asking all catering teams to consider suitable replacements such as wooden straws, cutlery and food containers.

This scheme is part of Gedling Borough Council’s plastic clever council initiative.

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