Annual carnivals used to be big events in both Matlock and Matlock
Bath. Almost everyone took part. The photograph here is of Matlock's
Charity Carnival in 1936 when record numbers attended the
various events and there were hopes for a profit of over £500.
There were several band displays and performances during the day,
a pageant of carnival queens and an evening dance at the
An excellent entry
was received for the children's fancy dress parade on the Causeway-lane
Ground in the afternoon and several competitors had travelled for
some distance to take part.
Parents had clearly gone to a good
deal of trouble with the costumes and the children were
divided into age groups. There were first, second and third place
prizes for both boys and girls up to seven years of age, for boys
and girls over seven, a children's comic costume award for those
under 14 and an Open Fancy dress award. Whilst it isn't clear who
the little girl holding the second place certificate was dressed
as, the girl half shown on the right, holding a First Prize certificate
for the under 7 girls, was Barbara Haill of Darley Dale for "Rhapsody
of Barnard Terrace received a cup for the prettiest girl. The
gentleman who presented the cup was Mr R. N.
Rothwell, the manager of the Co-op and donor of the cup.
The young man in the cap, right in the centre of the photograph,
is Norman Ash. The boy standing next to Norman, peering between
the two ladies immediately behind Barbara Bagshaw and, like Norman,
wearing a cap, is Raymond Wilson, his best friend and the person
whom Norman named his son after.
You may like to view more onsite information:
of Matlock Bath's 1947 Carnival Queen is onsite in an article
about one of Matlock's photographers, Harry Gill.