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Berry Hill Carnival

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Left to right: 1 Mrs Harris, 2 Mrs Dorrington, 3 Mrs O White, 4 Mrs Harris, 5 Mrs Baglin, 6 Mrs Harris, 7 Mrs T Jones, 8 ? , 9 ? , 10 Mrs B Hawkins, 11 ? , 12 Mrs Howells , 13 Mrs E Thomas, 14 ? , 15 Mrs R Watson, 16 Mrs Short.

Maurice recalls that "The Berry Hill Carnival took place on the then August Bank Holiday Monday. It was in its' heyday during the 1930's until the outbreak of World War II. It recommenced after the war but declined and ended during the 1950s. The procession began and ended at the Y.M.C.A. Institute after wending its' way around the district lead by the local band with most of the participants on foot and lorry floats. The festivities continued in the afternoon on the Recreation Ground with many stalls and competitions such as "singing with a pig" with entrants required to sing with a pig held under the arm. An athletic sports, mainly track events took place with considerable money prizes. Competitors came from a wide area including South Wales. I was considered one enthusiastic entrant in the early post war years.

The Coleford Carnival took place on the following day. It was a much grander affair with many floats and Bands. After passing through a very crowded town it made its' way to the Buchannan Recreation Ground where events such as motor cycle displays took place in the arena. An aerial display by a Gloucester pilot, Rex Walwyn in his biplane was a highlight one year." (May 2006)

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