Car­ni­val in­cluded a baby com­pe­ti­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

Over the decades, much pomp and cer­e­mony has ac­com­pa­nied the town’s car­ni­val pro­ces­sions and events. Our pre­de­ces­sors cre­ated a style and theme to en­ter­tain res­i­dents and there is huge re­spect for those worked tire­lessly to put the town of Ash­ford on the map by cre­at­ing that spe­cial car­ni­val fever each year.

In re­cent years, the town was for­tu­nate enough to have re­spected cou­ple Brenda and Terry Dick­en­son at the car­ni­val helm and their leg­endary ef­forts in par­tic­u­lar will go down in his­tory. But decades ear­lier, things were a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Three years ago, Sound­craft Hi-fi pro­pri­etor Ge­off Mathews un­cov­ered an al­bum of pho­to­graphs taken by his late father Vic­tor when the com­pany was known as Pho­tocraft.

The fan­tas­tic pic­tures il­lus­trate the Grand Il­lu­mi­nated Car­ni­val which was held on Oc­to­ber 13, 1949 at 7pm, star­ring the car­ni­val queen Miss Phyl­lis Cole­man. Part of the event was a baby com­pe­ti­tion that was held at the Corn Ex­change at the top of El­wick Road and foot of Bank Street.

The float pro­ces­sion was judged by the late and much re­spected H.R. Pratt-Boor­man whose fam­ily still own the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group.

The car­ni­val mar­shal was re­spected busi­ness­man Mr J. Han­son; bet­ter known lo­cally as Sonny Han­son who once owned a pop­u­lar fish and chip restau­rant in New Street.

This week’s Re­mem­ber When takes a look back at the car­ni­val, which will bring back fond mem­o­ries for those who were there.

Many thanks to Ge­off Mathews at Sound­craft Hi-fi for his help with this article.

Please get in con­tact if you recog­nise your­self or any fam­ily mem­bers.

Do you have any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to lend me, to en­able them to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press? If so please write to me: Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email me at re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­mail.co.uk or fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford. Or you can also leave a tele­phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

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