Throwback Thursday: 1987's Beccles Regatta Carnival parade
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 12 July 2018
In Throwback Thursday Enjoy Beccles more takes a look back at some of the town's major stories and events from times gone-by.
This week we take a look at the Beccles Regatta Carnival Parade from 1987.
The article below first appeared on the Beccles and Bungay Journal on Friday, August 7.
On parade at Beccles’ Regatta Carnival
A crowd of thousands was kept waiting for an afternoon train at Beccles on Sunday.
But what the people really wanted was the Beccles Regatta Carnival parade.
The many colourful and spectacular floats were stranded on Beccles Common, where they had assembled for judging, because the parade route includes an automatic level crossing in Grove Road, and the careful timing of the parade was put out by a late train.
But the wait was worth while. The parade, with six bands and majorette groups, was one of the biggest and best seen in the town, and record crowds lined the street between the common and the quay.
“Fantastic,” was the word chosen by carnival chairman Mr Ken Cracknell to describe the floats. “This is a much more colourful parade even than the Norwich Lord Mayor’s procession.”
At the head of the parade was the Norwich Union mail coach carrying the Mayoral party, and followed my Miss Waveney, Diana Reeve, and her princesses, Nicky Rolph and Michaela Farr.
The colourful and substantial constructions on many constructions on many of the floats indicated the enormous amount of work that had been put in by many organisations.
The parade had the usual motley crowd of tribesman, cavemen, glamour girls, clowns, television characters and animals.
It was also the last carnival parade to pass through Sheepgate before it is turned into a pedestrian area.
Trophies were awarded in eight sections, and the overall parade winners - who received the Hadingham Cup - were the “hot Gospellers” from the Royal Oak social club. They also won the Anglia Building Society Cup for entertainment value.
Beccles Weight Trainers - regular performers in the Beccles Carnival for many years - were the first winners of anew trophy for sports clubs. The Cooke Trophy was presented by the family of the late Mr Ronnie Cooke who, for many years designed carnival floats for the Castle public house.