Carnival capers despite the rain

Crowing of Matlock carnival queen in 1934
Crowing of Matlock carnival queen in 1934

Matlock’s carnival was a popular event and this photograph taken in 1949 shows that even a day of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

Pictured opposite the Ritz Cinema at the corner of Hall Leys Park, are Pam Thompson, Janet Vrenals, Brenda Barwick, Hazel Gaunt, Brenda Williams and ?.

The carnival was run by the British legion and saw youngsters dress in a variety of colourful costumes including here as flower girls and gypsies.