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Information from Jules Gerstenberg, transcribed by Kay Collins, 2023.

1966 Rushden’s carnival baby show

Julie Cramp
Julie Cramp
Rushden Mother’s Club, the organising club for the baby show during Rushden carnival on Saturday, were “very pleased” with the 99 entries. It was the first time a baby show has been organised in conjunction with the carnival.

Four-an-a-half months old Julie Cramp, 5 Haddon Close, Rushden, took the major award for the “Baby of the Show.”

The judges were Mrs G Gerrard, wife of Dr. Gerrard, of Rushden Hospital, Mr R Greenwood, vice-chairman of Rushden Urban Council, and his wife, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Higham Ferrers, Mr and Mrs D Lawson.

The results: Three to six months: 1 Julie Cramp, 5 Haddon Close, Rushden, 2 Stephen Cox, 23 Birchall Road, Rushden, 3 Julie Holyoak, 45 Lancaster Street, Higham Ferrers, 4 Louise Jones, 8 Pine Close, Rushden.

Six to twelve months: 1 Penelope Hebden, 17 Meadow View, Higham Ferrers, 2 Amanda Coker, 16 Montague Street, Rushden, 3 Lisa Tyrrell, 20 Cumberland Avenue, Stanwick, 4 Kelvin Sharman, 37 Witney Road, Burton Latimer.

One to two years: 1 Donna Rogers, 36 Quorn Road, Rushden, 2 Neil Sharman, 37 Whitney Road, Burton Latimer, 3 Shelley Bass, 30 St James Close, Rushden, 4 Adrian Carter, 205 St Margarets Avenue, Rushden.

The Post, 5th July 1984, Pictures by John Cherry.

Crowds cheer Carnival capers . . . at Rushden 1984

Ju;lie Cramp
Smile from Rushden Carnival Queen, Julie Cramp (18).
Organisers of three of the top carnival days in the area were left counting the success of their fun days in the sun this week.

Sunshine brought out the crowds and a record amount of money was raised for charity at Rushden, Desborough and Geddington.

In Rushden hundreds enjoyed what must have been one of the largest parades for years as over 50 floats made their way through the packed High Street to Spencer Park.

And it was a record breaking year too, as carnival organisers announced they had taken well over the £2,000 they made last year, with £700 collected in the street alone.

There were more carnival queens in the parade this year too, with new entries from Huntingdon and St Ives bringing the total to eleven visiting courts.

Said Chairman of Rushden Carnival Committee Mr Mike Brown: “We were very pleased, I think it was the most successful, there were more stalls than in previous years, and the crowds stayed longer, and of course we had the weather on our side.”

Twenty-on-year-old Alan Coleman, captain of the Nene Valley Wobblers, celebrated his 21st birthday in style as his team won top prize in the shed building contest sponsored by Wellingborough and Rushden Post. 

Peter Pan playgroup Mandy with Andy dick whittington & cat
Float winners at Rushden, the Peter Pan Playgroup.
Miss Post personality, Mandy Hulatt, with Shed champion, Alan Coleman.
Dick Whittington (Vicky Groom, 4) and Cat (Michelle Chettle, 2½)

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