Be Our Guest win’s Carnival Float Competition

When the team from St Catherine’s Care Home in Bolton sent in their Beauty and the Beast themed float for the Horwich Carnival, they were shocked to be crowned the best float for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds lined Chorley New Road to watch the groups like Horwich Morris Miners, Hunters Cheerleaders and the Carnival Queens.

Around 30 organisations took part in the procession which began in Ramsbottom Road. Emmerdale stars Michael Parr (Ross Barton) and Anthony Quinlan (Pete Barton) were driven along near the head of the procession. They exchanged banter with the crowd and threw sweets to many of the children.

Gillian Johnson, Home Manager, said: “We were extremely surprised to be crowned the winning float. A lot of hard work went into making it, those marching with it were dressed as the Disney characters like Beauty, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and Chip. It was a fantastic day and a lovely way for us to meet our local community.”

Graham Smart, aged 61, said: “It’s been good, though it’s a pity the weather isn’t as good as last weekend. The Beauty and the Beast float was really good and my grandson liked the Stormtroopers.”

Harriet Massey, an 11-year-old from Horwich attended the parade with her mum, she said she’d been to the parade every year since she was born and enjoyed the ‘tradition’.

The annual carnival, organised by Andrea Allott and Diane Woodruff, is part funded by Horwich Town Council. This year money from the carnival is going towards Royal Bolton Hospital's neonatal unit.

Are you looking for a care home in Bolton? St Catherine’s Care Home offers support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

Date published: 15 December 2017

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