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TTA joins in the fun of the fair at this year’s Atherton Carnival

The streets of Atherton were awash with colour last Sunday at the annual Atherton Carnival parade, despite the best efforts of the weather. Early rain may have left organisers worried, but it did little to dampen the spirits, as right on cue the sun began to shine on Meadowbank Playing Fields. TTA, one of the North West’s leading logistics training organisations, was once again delighted to take part in the parade and support the local community at this year’s event.

An estimated 1,000 people joined in the fun on the day, and were entertained by a procession which included one of own lorries driven by TTA driving instructor/trainer, Ian Fisher. The crowd were able to bask in the afternoon sunshine, and were entertained by Tyldesley Brass Band, the Anvil Street Drummers, the Manchester Poor Band and the Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band. During the afternoon the crowd was able to enjoy a large funfair with pony rides, vehicle displays, a climbing wall, a range of stalls, face painting and a mini colour run for parents and children.

TTA was really pleased to be involved in this year’s event. The idea of the carnival is to bring all local partnerships together in helping to make an improvement in the community and bring positive attitudes Atherton. As an Atherton-based business we were proud to support our local community, by taking part in parade and making our Gloucester Street car park available free of charge for band members, the Mayor’s open-top bus and members of the public.

The parade started at 12pm on Gloucester Street exiting Meadowbank fields, and then travelled along Gloucester Street up to Greendale where it took a left turn onto Devonshire Road. It then travelled along up to Dorset Road down to Carbank Street along to Formby Avenue and then back onto the Meadowbank playing fields.

How did TTA’s Ian Fisher enjoy the event? Well, here’s what he had to say:

“I arrived early around 7.30 to open our car park for band members. The weather wasn’t too clever early on, but the clouds soon lifted and people began to get into the swing of things. TTA’s vehicle took part in the parade, following on behind a GMP fire engine playing music and blowing bubbles to entertain the crowd, Tyldesley Brass Band and the Mayor’s open-top bus. Once the parade had ended, we parked the lorry up at Meadowbank Playing Fields so that the spectators could get a close look at our HGV in all its splendour.”

“The day was great, and I think that the spectators really enjoyed themselves. The weather was kind to us, and we all had fun. I don’t think you can ask much than that from a community event. TTA is already looking forward to next year’s parade and celebrating all that’s good about Atherton.”

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