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Thread #90963   Message #3474478
Posted By: GUEST,Eliza
01-Feb-13 - 12:59 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Fakenham Fair
Subject: RE: Origins: Fakenham Fair
Well, I remember as a small child standing by the side of the road waitng for the annual 'Carnival' to arrive in Middlesex. I was so excited my mother had to stop me running into the road. The first signs 'it' was coming was the muffled thump of the drums of the leading band. The carnival was in fact a procession, comprising brass bands, sometimes a piper, and low-load lorries with people dressed in costume on board. There was also a Carnival Queen, usually in a royal robe and seated in a carriage pulled by two horses. Brownies, Guides, the Boys' Brigade all marched along. Once it had reached the centre of our small town, that was the end of the Carnival. The lorries etc were all emptied and people drifted home. I suppose the adults went off to the pub afterwards. But there wasn't a funfair or travellers etc. Here in Norfolk there are many Carnivals, eg Cromer and Sheringham each have one. It's a procession, and a series of days with special events.