Old Romsey Carnivals

Photos of events and processions over the last 65 years

Romsey Festival and Carnival Queens
Year Name   Year Name   Year Name   Year Name
1936 Margaret Bryant 1st   1953 No Carvival   1973 Elizabeth Welch   1997 Jodie Eldridge
1937 Peggy Saloway   1954 No Carvival   1974 Hilary Irish   1998 Katrina Colley
1938 Phylis Pound   1955 No Carvival   1975 Fiona Irish   1999 Jenny Shergold
1939 Olive Pound         1976 Jennifer Cooke   2000 Cathy Misselbrook
1940 was chosen but   1956 Ann Pryce   1977 Karin Hill   2001 Cerrie Roll
1941 carnival was   1957 Janice Harris   1978 Teresa Connolly   2002 Sharlene Bevan
1942 cancelled due to   1958 Unknown   1979 Beverley Thomas   2003 Kate Hurle
1943 outbreak of war   1959 Unknown   1980 Suzan Kidd   2004 Sharlene Bevan
1944 No Carvival   1960 Unknown   1981 Tracy Kemp   2005 Kate Hurle
1945 No Carvival   1961 Unknown   1982 Maxine Irish   2006 Natalie Butler
      1962 Unknown   1983 Debbie Cole   2007 Chloe Aslett
1946 No Carvival   1963 Patricia Hawes   1984 Gwyneth Letherbarrow   2008 Erin Wood
      1964 Elizabeth Lambert   1985 Paula Masters   2009 Claire-M Anderson
      1965 Julia Lewis   1986 Lisa Murdin   2010 Charlie Karen Day
1947 Norah Fielder FQ         1987 Ellen Day   2011 Abi Bartley
      1966 Unknown   1988 Shiree Randles   2012 Rachel Drake
            1989 Alexis Sargent   2013 Ellie Hurle
1948 No Carvival   1967 Unknown   1990 Tracy Newport   2014 Georgia Fernley
            1991 Hazel Challiner   2015 Naomi Reading
1949 Sylvia Pointer FQ   1968 Janet Gould   1992 Clara Finch   2016 Naomi Reading
      1969 Jane Edwards   1993 Tracy Clark   2017 Danielle Schroven
1950 No Carvival   1970 Jessica Edwards   1994 Helen Harding   2018 Ellie Luffman
1951 No Carvival   1971 Julia Mason   1995 Kelly McManus      
1952 No Carvival   1972 Janet Crombie   1996 Sharlene Bevan     
FQ = Festival Queen     

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Photo 1

Pat Callen (Pearce) Bed Race 1969 Banning Street, Tadburn Stream


Photo 2

Bed Race 1969 Banning Street, Tadburn Stream


Photo 3

Sam Porter in Bed Race, Romsey By-pass 1969


Photo 4

Bed Race 1969 Banning Street, Tadburn Stream


Photo 5

Bed Race 1969 Banning Street, Tadburn Stream


Photo 6

Bed Race 1969 in the Horsefair by the Star Inn


Photo 7

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr centre with Romsey Festival Queen Sylvia Pointer to his left in 1949

Second from left Mrs Atlee Mayoress and right  Mr Reed (Chamber of Trade)

Young lad was Dr. Knight's son Peter


Photo 8

Wills Nurseries in 1978. 5th from left Valerie White and 6th from left Brian Hallett


Photo 9

Reema lorry turning into Latimer St from The Hundred


Photo 10

Rod Briggs is the one in the back of a Wrynams pick up, with the eye patch and next to him,

also dressed as a pirate holding a sword is David Powell.

Hanging over the tailgate (right) is Alan Gritt. All 3  boys were Chambers Ave lads !!


Photo 11

2nd go cart from left is Rod Briggs & Andy Wiggins whose parents ran Whitenap store in Botley Road

 for many years. 4th from left is Roy Lambert being pushed by Christopher Tizzard.

5th from left is Sally Ann Edwards (as she was then) being pushed by her sister Sandra,


Photo 12

Carnival Queen, Jane Edwards and Mrs Malphas shaking hands with  Jane Sillence

of the ladies football team, 1969


Photo 13

Christine Edwards, Mrs Malphas and Jane Edwards, 1969


Photo 14

Ladies football match 1969


Photo 15

Start of wheelbarrow race Durban Close, 1964 (Brian Osman and Pete Kidgell centre)

Lady far right with glasses is Pamela Palmer.  Girl by her side short hair and shorts is Nicola Robin (nee Palmer)


Photo 16

Carnival Queen Elizabeth Lambert starting the wheelbarrow race Durban Close, 1964


Photo 17

Latimer St 1967. Zoo keeper is John Glasspool. Inside the spider were Fred Gritt and Dave Crombie

All three worked at Redland Tiles, Michelmersh


Photo 18

The whole team from previous photo,

L/R:- Fred Gritt, Dave Crombie, John Glasspool and Dave Windebank in 1967


Photo 19

Reema float with Brenda Bird left and Sue Summerton right in Latimer St, 1967


Photo 20

Latimer St 1967, Russell Vane centre


Photo 21

Wheelbarrow race Horsefair, 1964, Wally Wassell and Len Levy


Photo 21a

Molly Irvine, Angie Reeves and Diane Solloway winning the wheelbarrow race 1974


Photo 22

Carnival Darts at the Crosfield Hall 1970.

Carnival Queen Jessica Edwards with Helen Collis on her right and Julie Mason on her left


Photo 23

Crosfield Hall Carnival darts 1970


Photo 24

Crosfield Hall Carnival darts 1970 Cross Keys Ladies team winners

L/R:- Maggie Watkinson, Dot Philips, ??, Maud Holloway, ?? and ??


Photo 25

Carnival Queen Jessica Edwards with Shelia Smith-Dowse 1970


Photo 26

Carnival darts winners the Newport Inn, 1970

L/R:- ??, Brian Wood, Fred Bundy, ??, Rusty Smith and Brian Parsons


Photo 27

Strongs float on the Romsey  By-pass


Photo 28


Photo 29

T-birds ? 1968


Photo 30

Woodley cub pack in the Hundred 1968


Photo 31

Near the Sawyers pub in the Hundred 1968


Photo 32

Who dat? 1968


Photo 33



Photo 34

1968 with Wendy Williams (Harrison)


Photo 35

Romsey Boys Club 1968


Photo 36

Nice Hillman Minx


Photo 37


Photo 38

John Byrne fella on left


Photo 39

The three young cave women appear to include Marilin 'Mandy'

Moore on the left with long hair and Anne Bell in the centre.


TK Bedford Fire Engine 1968


Wrynams 1968

Photo 40

Wrynams float in 1968

L/R:- Lena Bailey, Sue Shergold, ? ?, Stan Gardener and Jack Stallard


Wrynams Carnival entry 1970

Photo 41

Wrynams Social Club entry about 1970 in Duttons Rd


Wrynams Carnival entry 1970

Photo 42

Wrynams Social Club entry about 1970 leaving workshops in Winchester Rd


Photo 43

Finale at the Sports Centre, Wrynams garage entry


Photo 44

South Coast Diaries, Bill Fairlie right.


Photo 45

Old Cadets with their controversial Donald Duck outfits 1986


Photo 46

Old House at Home entry in 1986


Photo 47


Photo 48

Where carnival procession finished for many years on Romsey By-Pass. This was 1959


Photo 49


The Carnival that never was. Romsey Carnival Queen and attendants 1939. Olive Pound of 10, Duttons Road, Muriel Sheppard of 108, The Hundred, Margaret Taylor of 6, Bridge Road, Joan Eldridge of 27, Malmesbury Road and Laura Dawkins of 22, Lansdowne Close. Chosen in August 1939 only a fortnight before the Second World War the carnival was cancelled (Thanks to Chas Burnett for photo and info)


Photo 50

Very old Carnival in the Horsefair 1931