Stockport Carnival 2011
Land Army Girl
My friends Susan & Eric and I were going to the Stockport Carnival.
Two days before Eric had a great idea. Ask someone at Age UK whether we could hitch a ride on their float. They told him we could. The theme was the Women’s Land Army. We had to quickly think about what we could wear. I wore a plain mole t-shirt and a khaki coat, while Eric dressed as a farmer with in a scruffy coat, cap and an old t-shirt, his normal attire. They practically had to use a crane to lift him onto the float.
Irene Preston on AGE UK Stockport Float
On the float we were sitting on bundles of hay. When the wind blew the hay went everywhere. I was Knitting for Victory, Eric was pretending to smoke an old pipe. Every time the Air Raid Siren went off we had to duck. An ambulance was going up the A6, Eric ducked by mistake. We waved to people we knew in the crowds lining the streets to watch the carnival.
Eric and I with Friendly Belly Dancer
We reached Woodbank Park and walked round the stalls. Eric tried to win some of the raffle prizes on the Stockport Mind stall, he won a Eau De Toilette, which he passed on to me, and some Strawberry Cream Shower Gel, He lost more times than he won and ended up with six Stockport Mind Pens which I claimed.
Luckily for Carnival Day the weather was nice and Age UK invited us to go on their float next year, which we are looking forward to; and they said they would provide their float with steps next year.
It was just nice to do something different.
by Rachel Hillier