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Basildon Carnivals: A brief history through the years
Basildon Carnival
The 1959 carnival featured a procession of 40 floats.
The 1960 carnival was held on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.
The 1970 carnival held on June 20th had more of a special importance than previous years in that it formed part of Basildon's "Festival 70" events commemorating 21 years of the New Town. About 40 floats took part in the procession which set off around 1pm from Sparrows Herne in Kingswood bound for Gloucester Park via Cherrydown, The Knares, Staneway, Laindon Link, Southernhay and Ghyllgrove.
The 1971 carnival and fete was held on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August. This years carnival marked three days of events centred around Gloucester Park. Around 40 vehicles took part with street collection proceeds going to Basildon and Brentwood Spastics Association. The route, which was planned to take around 1½, hours set off at 2:00pm from the car park at Great Oaks proceeding to Fodderwick, Southernhay, Long Riding, Church Road, crossing Broadmayne, Whitmore Way, Ghyllgrove, The Gore and finally into Gloucester Park. The carnival queen was Jennie Adams.
The 1972 carnival and fete was held on Monday 28th August. Once again the carnival took place on the August bank holiday at Gloucester Park where a large fete with over 35 stalls was laid out. The carnival queen was Sue Farrell.
Pitsea Carnival
The 1934 carnival and fete was held on 21st May.
The 1937 carnival and fete was held in May.
The Pitsea carnival held on 19th July 1986 had a procession of nearly 50 vehicles travelling a 2 mile route bound for Chalvedon secondary school via Rectory Road. Some of the performers were dressed as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson lookalikes reflecting the upcoming royal wedding which occurred on 23rd July. The ATC band from Sittingbourne, Kent led the procession. The tableau was won by Briscoe Community Centre and the best dressed vehicle went to father and son Les and Dean Heal of Heal's Fireplaces, Leigh, whose vehicle was based on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The proceeds were donated to St. Lukes Hospice and the Physically Handicapped and Able Bodies Association.
Basildon and Pitsea Carnival
The 2010 carnival was held on 19th June. The procession journeyed to Northlands Park, Felmores where a large fete was in progress. Local junior football team Beech United were among those taking part in the procession.
The 2014 carnival was held on 26th July setting off from car park 12 at Cherrydown West in Kingswood at 10am enroute to Northlands Park, Felmores. As in previous years the carnival travelled the full length of Whitmore Way having first taken in Station Way, Southernhay, Market Square, Town Centre, Southernhay again and Ghyllgrove. A fete with fair and stalls were among the attractions at the park which began at 12:00 noon through to 7 pm.
Text researched and written 2015.
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