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Picture gallery: Memories of Newbury Carnival from the 1990s



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The Newbury summer carnival was always an excuse to dress up, wave at the crowds and raise money for good causes.

Newbury Carnival was organised by Newbury Round Table and held in July. Crowds would line the streets of Northbrook Street and Bartholomew Street as the carnival floats and bands and entertainers processed along the route.

The carnival atmosphere continued in Victoria Park where more entertainment was provided.

The Newbury Weekly News float in 1990
The Newbury Weekly News float in 1990
Newbury Athletic Club get into the party spirit in 1990
Newbury Athletic Club get into the party spirit in 1990
A cuddle for the mayor Mrs Pauline Bodin at the 1990 carnival
A cuddle for the mayor Mrs Pauline Bodin at the 1990 carnival
A cheery wave in 1990
A cheery wave in 1990
Securicor Parcels Team looking relaxed in 1990
Securicor Parcels Team looking relaxed in 1990

The carnival would raise thousands of pounds for good causes with floats from community groups, schools, businesses and charities providing colourful themed displays.

We've been delving into the archives and found these pictures from the 1990, 1993 and 1994. Do you recognise anyone in the pictures?

'Lifeguards' from Cottages Nursery on duty in 1990
'Lifeguards' from Cottages Nursery on duty in 1990
1993 Battle of the by-election! Sandra Cuthbert with Jean Mason and her daughter Laura
1993 Battle of the by-election! Sandra Cuthbert with Jean Mason and her daughter Laura
All dressed up in 1993 - but who are they?
All dressed up in 1993 - but who are they?
Hamstead Marshall country folk relax on hay bales in 1993
Hamstead Marshall country folk relax on hay bales in 1993
A gorilla on a tricycle collects for Newbury Round Table in 1993
A gorilla on a tricycle collects for Newbury Round Table in 1993
1993 Battle of the by-pass: children from Cottages and Rocking Horse nurseries
1993 Battle of the by-pass: children from Cottages and Rocking Horse nurseries
Listen to the band in 1994
Listen to the band in 1994
1994: the streets were packed with onlookers
1994: the streets were packed with onlookers
1994: collecting for charity
1994: collecting for charity
1994: Getting in on the Sister Act
1994: Getting in on the Sister Act
1994: Yabba dabba doo - but who are they?
1994: Yabba dabba doo - but who are they?

The last Newbury Carnival was held in 2017. Would you like to see it make a return?



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