Shirley Carnival attracts thousands to annual event


Thousands of people flocked to Shirley Park in Solihull for the annual Shirley Carnival.

One of the highlights of the borough’s annual calendar those who attended were treated to a wide variety of entertainment and attractions.

They included hook a duck, temporary tattoos, paintball, miniature train rides, and musical performances by local groups.

Following the official opening by a Pirates of the Caribbean Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike, the Shirley Pipe Band got things off to a rousing start with a marching display in the main arena.

Entertainment continued with performances from the Animated Dance Company, Boil up Tropical and High Flying Falconry.

Captain Jack mingled with the crowds all afternoon keeping both children and adults entertained with his pirate antics.

The very young were not forgotten as Punch & Judy encouraged them to join in with their antics.

The event is organised by Shirley Lions Club and carnical chairman Lion Gillian Conlon said: “This year we introduced some new elements to the carnival and it certainly went down well with the crowds.

“The day went off fantastically and we were delighted that the weather was so wonderful – it really does make a difference to events such as this.”

“We had a great turnout of people which will hopefully mean we have raised a lot of money for good causes”

The Lions are still counting up the money but Gillian indicated the carnival raised roughly £5,000 which will be donated to a range of local charities.

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