1956:The first of the modern-day carnivals was held in the summer of 1956 on the Firs Meadow in Crookham Road, where the police station now stands. The special guest was the world light heavyweight boxing champion, Freddie Mills, and the event was a great success, Community spirit was very strong and the whole town took part.
The first ever Fleet Carnival Queen Judy Poulter
Judy with her attendants on the float waiting to go in the procession
Judy being crowned by Freddie Mills the boxer . On his right is Charlie Woodman who was Chairman of the Carnival Committee
These photographs are donated from the Roberts Family who used to live at 2 Corfu Villas (Gerard House) in Rochester Grove. It is thought that they were taken around the end of 1959.
'Little White Bull' Spanish themed Float with (cousins )Audrey and Barbara Douse Dressed as Bullfighters.
Audrey and Barbara Douse dressed as Pinky and Perky as the float travels past the Richard Pool Removals Depot.
Carousel Float with one of the Douse Sisters
'Calypso themed Float' featuring Jacque Cousteau (Colin Roberts) and Lottie Hass Pamela Roberts (nee Vears )
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