Forest Town Carnival Queens

In the 1950's

By Pauline Marples

In Forest Town during the 1950's and 1960's the crowning of the Carnival Queens was an event to look forward to. Each Carnival Queen was accompanied by six or eight beautiful dressed attendants, and a smartly dressed pageboy.

The queen and her retinue were paraded round the village in a ‘royal coach’ This was followed by the music of marching bands such as the - Derby Serenaders, Breaston Highlanders etc. all who later took part in a band contest on the Forest Town Welfare grounds. The organising of these festivities was done by Wilf Redfern and a committee. They were exciting and colourful events which are still talked about by many people today. Proceeds from the days were in aid of the Elderly Peoples Fund.

Photo:Betty Clarke & retinue 1951

Betty Clarke & retinue 1951

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Photo:Joan Percival with her retinue 1952

Joan Percival with her retinue 1952

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Photo:Mollie Lucas and her attendants 1953

Mollie Lucas and her attendants 1953

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Photo:Gillian Cartwright with her attendants 1954

Gillian Cartwright with her attendants 1954

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Photo:Edith Belcher and her retinue 1955

Edith Belcher and her retinue 1955

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Photo:Irene Lebeter and her attendants 1956

Irene Lebeter and her attendants 1956

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Photo:Maureen Jones with her retinue 1957

Maureen Jones with her retinue 1957

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Photo:Janet Else and attendants 1958

Janet Else and attendants 1958

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Photo:Carol Hand with her attendants 1959

Carol Hand with her attendants 1959

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