In the Absence of Pelsall Carnival 2020

Due to Covid 19, Pelsall Carnival has been cancelled this year.  Like many of us, I was looking forward to seeing the floats this year and popping along to the car boot sale on the common.

Many years ago, Mr Andrew Weller, Chairman of Pelsall History Centre forwarded to me a selection of Pelsall Carnival photographs that he thought I might find interesting.  I was captivated by what I saw, it has to be said.  Clearly Pelsall villagers have always enjoyed their carnivals.  The earliest photographs he had, shown above and below date back to the 1920's

Pelsall Carnival participants, 1928, above and below

The fabulous photograph above was taken at Pelsall Carnival in 1937, the carnival queen at this time, seen above, was Connie Stackhouse.

The carnival floats seen above and below were part of Pelsall Carnival in 1945.

The photograph above was taken at Highbridge Row in 1950 and the photograph below was taken in 1953

The photograph above was taken in 1954

The final vintage photograph in this section was taken in 1958.

Now I will move onto the 1970's, carnivals of which many readers may well remember.

The photographs seen below were taken by Gill Douglas in 1974 and 1975 and were donated to Pelsall History Centre.  The photographs display a wonderful variety of ideas and inspiration for Carnival floats of the day.

The following photographs were taken in 1975

Back in the day, residents of Ash Tree Road always contributed their own float to Pelsall carnival as seen above and below. These photographs were taken by Mr Cowley, resident of Ash Tree Road.

The following photographs were taken of Pelsall carnival in the late 1970's and illustrate a fascinating array of carnival floats and marching bands.

I hope you have enjoyed your trip down memory lane.  If you would like to share your memories of any of the carnival parades shown on this page, I would be delighted to hear from you.