Carnival revived to celebrate opening of village bypass

Crowds wait for Wickham Market Carnival in 1976 Picture: ARCHANT

Crowds wait for Wickham Market Carnival in 1976 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Back in the 1970s almost every town and village had its own carnival.

The parade makes its way through the town Picture: ARCHANT

The parade makes its way through the town Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Not all were as grand as the likes of Ipswich, Felixstowe or Aldeburgh, but they each celebrated the spirit of their community, showing how much went on in each place, bringing people together for a day of fun.

All the local organisations would take part – as in our photos here from Wickham Market Carnival in the long, hot summer of 1976.

The carnival had run from 1951 to 1966, and was then revived in ‘76 to celebrate the opening of the village A12 bypass.

Young and old, church groups, playgroups, over 60s, businesses, fancy dress characters and more took part in the procession through the village streets before gathering for a traditional fun day.

The Church Women's Fellowship float at Wickham Market Carnival in 1976 Picture: ARCHANT

The Church Women's Fellowship float at Wickham Market Carnival in 1976 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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Playgroup youngsters enjoy the fun Picture: ARCHANT

Playgroup youngsters enjoy the fun Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The carnival queen waves to the crowds Picture: ARCHANT

The carnival queen waves to the crowds Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Wickham Market over 60s club members taking part in the village's 1976 carnival parade Picture: ARCH

Wickham Market over 60s club members taking part in the village's 1976 carnival parade Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Can you spot yourself in this gallery? Picture: ARCHANT

Can you spot yourself in this gallery? Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The village centre was packed for the occasion Picture: ARCHANT

The village centre was packed for the occasion Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Do you remember the day? Picture: ARCHANT

Do you remember the day? Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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