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The Way We Were

26 July 2016

The Way We Were

Travel back in time to the 1930s and July saw great excitement in the town of Hucknall – it was Carnival week!
There would be a week of activities across the town culminating in a grand parade.

In 1934 a special 47 page carnival publication was issued called ‘The Sunray’. This gave details of the forthcoming programme of activities which the town had been planning for months. The Carnival was opened on the Monday afternoon with the crowning of the Carnival Queen and the opening of the Trades Exhibition. There were teas, concert parties, water polo at the baths and a treasure hunt to discover the £5 buried treasure!

Tuesday was Children’s Day and started with a parade followed by races, fancy dress, impersonations and maypole dancing. Wednesday was Shop Assistants’ Rag Day during which the Carnival King was crowned, swiftly followed by his attempted assassination and subsequent trial of his assassin! Stocks were positioned on the Market Place and prominent townspeople were put into the stocks and released on payment of a fine. The Market Place was transformed on Thursday into an ‘Olde Worlde Market’. Friday was Sports Evening with events such as the ‘Slow Cycle Race’ and a ‘Couples walking Backwards Race’. The festivities ended on Saturday with the Grand Parade, Jazz Band Competition and Carnival Wind-Up Dance.

Even the cinema closed that week so people could enjoy the carnival activities to the full. But if you had enough energy left on the Sunday you could catch the seaside service from Nottingham to Skegness for a 10 shillings (50p) day return!

Ken Burrows - our founder - held a stall at the Trades Exhibition in the Public Hall displaying the latest radiograms and had two full page adverts in the Sunray advertising his electrical expertise. Who knows he may have even been put in the stocks!

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