Welcome to the latest from Shepshed Lions Club Annual Charity Carnival.
Thousands Flock to Shepshed Lions Carnival
The eleventh Shepshed Lions Carnival took place as planned on August Bank Holiday Monday, and nearly 5,000 people came along to enjoy the show. Local MP Jane Hunt, and Councillor David Northage, Vice Chair of Shepshed Town Council, opened the event at 12 noon sharp in Glenmore Park, and both thanked the Lions for bringing the event back after the disappointment of having to cancel it last year because of Covid. Entertainer Mad Dom kept everyone amused throughout the afternoon, while Worlds Strongest Man contender ‘The Mighty Smith’ amazed everyone with his feats of strength, culminating in a giant kids tug of war. Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display team also brought the youngsters into the arena, giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal with different birds of prey, including Archie the Vulture. Punch and Judy and the fairground rides were as popular as ever, and there were nearly fifty trade and charity stalls. The Fire and Rescue team from Shepshed Fire Station taught everyone how to respond to a fire – and, spectacularly, how NOT to deal with a chip pan fire – adding water sent an impressive ball of fire skywards.
Lion President Lynn Jackson said, ‘We did a lot of preparation last year for Carnival, hoping against hope for as long as we could that the event might be able to go ahead, but the Covid situation obviously made it impossible. So I am really delighted that after all we as a community have been through, we have been able to bring back Shepshed Carnival. Special thanks must go to the people of Shepshed, who have turned out in bigger numbers than ever before, Shepshed Town Council for letting us use Glenmore Park, St Botolph’s Church for the loan of their tables and chairs, and all the shops and local businesses that sponsor the event. This includes Loughborough Building Society, Michelmersh Brick, PRIMO IT, A-Plus Insurance, and Bill and Winnie Cooling, to mention just a few. As always, every single penny of profit made from Carnival will be given to charitable causes, mostly for local people.’
Planning has already commenced for the 12th Shepshed Lions Charity Carnival, which is due to take place from 12 noon till 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022.