AN ELLESMERE lady is looking forward to fulfilling her dream of riding on a carnival float.

On Saturday, Joan Walsh, 84, will ride on Tesco's float – which is also celebrating the supermarket chain's centenary – at the Ellesmere Carnival.

Having a go on a float is something Joan has always wanted to do and she is over the moon with the opportunity given to her by the store's community champion, Wendy Mayer.

"I've never been on a float in my life. Every year I see the floats go past and I think 'I'd love to go on one of those'," Joan said.

"Wendy rang me and said did I want to go on it?

"So I said yes and I'm really looking forward to it now.

"My husband Ronald and my daughter and son-in-law are coming along to watch me, my husband goes to the carnival every year."

"I love the carnival, our two daughters have always taken part in it," Ronald said.

"I'll watch it in the street then go to Cremorne Gardens for all the singing and dancing.

"We will all be there waiting for her."

And Wendy added: "Being able to make Joan's lifetime ambition to be on a float in the carnival a reality, is absolutely great.

"I feel really pleased that we at Tesco are able to involve people from the community of all ages in things we do.

"Along with Joan we have Jess Harris and Brenda Chetwood taking part from Ellesmere.

"We are all looking forward to having a fun day."