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Carnival Gallery
A few of the pictures we have collected

If you have any information about the people or the companies, we'd be please to hear from you.

Clipped from a larger photo: c1903/5 with policemen on a 3-wheeled cycle.

The pole at the back - second prize. Another pole carries a placard but it is unreadable.

Passing Desborough's shop.

An early carnival passing the alms houses

An early carnival entry
An early carnival entry by Walter Chettle

Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake - outside Spencer Park - year unknown
We have some names: Pam Maddams, ?.
Pat Garley, Sylvia Payne, Diane Cross
Madge Pinnock, ?,
Jenny King, ?, - Brightwell
This comes with a caption "Sanders Float - Willow Pattern" possibly 1936 in W'boro Road
Margaret Short is 4th from the left
Long haydens float
Long Haydens carnival float advertising Hodges for Camping Equipment
Peace day 1919
Peace Day 1919
Co-op Parade in the 1920s
Co-op Parade in the 1920s
Co-op Parade in the 1920s
Co-op Parade in the 1920s
The caption on this picture is "Our parade in Rushden July 19th 1927"
Unknown group but entry No. 71
a mid 1920s carnival
Mid 1920s

The Hand Sewn Section - which company?
Girls and hats

caswells - prams
Two pictures for one carnival entry by Caswells advertising
Silver Cross, Dunkley, and Pedigree prams.

what year is this?
A post-war carnival entry - please can you tell us the year?

Mods & Rockers
1959 or 1960
Chapman's Factory Float
"Mods and Rockers"

June 1960 "Beat the Clock"

Rag Tag Wrestlers
Rag Tag Wretslers - but who and when?

Puppet on a string
"Puppet on a string" - Calor Gas in 1967

left to right: Keith Brearley, Barbara Watts, ?, ?, Stuart Wilby,
?, ?, Pauline Longland, ?, Jim Meager

The float was designed and put together, including costumes, by the marketing department at HO in Slough. The trailer was taken out of commercial use for the whole of the Carnival season. All the local
Carnivals were entered Rushden, Higham, Irthlingborough,
Raunds, Wellingborough, Kettering, and Northampton
which used to be held on a Thursday evening.

Calor Gas in 1968 - "Old Time Musical"
left to right: ?, Keith Brealey, Vivian Fox, ?, ?, Stuart Wilby,
Maureen? Morris, ?, ?, ?, ?, Cathy Smith, ?, ?, ?, Isobel Denton

Possibly Calor Gas entries?
possibly a Calor Gas entry
possibly a Calor Gas entry
In the blue dress Vivienne Fox, green dress, Ann Boswell
In the pink dress sitting Jane Wright, mandarin kneeling Jim Meager
and pink dress standing Margaret Peck.

Daily Mail, Sept 2021

1960s - The bride who got to the church on time thanks to the police (Mail) reminded me of when I was due to tow the carnival queen float from Irthlingborough to Rushden. I was on my way when the vehicle engine slowed. I rang the AA and within minutes the patrolman arrived, but was unable to fix. Kevin the AA man saved the day and hooked up the float to his breakdown truck, and drove it on the parade route. - Sent in by John Ward, now of Spalding LIN

Wollaston Jazz Band 1968
Wollaston Jazz Band in Rushden High Street - 1968 Carnival
1968 Carnival
A Stage Coach passing the same place

A 1970s Carnival - The Rushden Windmill Band coming from
Station Road into Wellingborough Road

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