there is a move to bring back Thetford carnival and this picture was taken at the 1985 Thetford Carnival on May day bank holiday and raised ‘a magnificent £1,500’ for Lions Club charities – that’s worth about £4,560 today.
The picture shows the Trox Social Club having a bit of a yo-ho-ho and winning first prize for the best float. The carnival procession began at Barnham Common and wove its way through the town – including down the then A11. There was a ‘mini Petticoat Lane market’ in King Street and Riverside Walk. There was also a raft race on the river and St Cuthbert’s Church’s After 8 youth group organised a bus pull in aid of the Ethiopian Famine Appeal.
HEADLINES FROM THE PAST
10 YEARS AGO
Love was in the air over Bury St Edmunds as a campaign was launched to promote the town as the multi–million pound cattle market development got under way.
The Bury lovers were a group formed of 200 proud local business people and residents who wanted to show what the town had to offer as the cattle market development, later known as ‘the ark’ and eventually costing more than £100 million was being built.
The borough council started the initiative, Bury lover John Stemp said: “ I love the rural aspects of Bury, it is at the heart of East Anglia.”
The campaign was part of a plan to attract more new visitors to Bury and a website was also launched showing all the fun things to do in the town.
25 YEARS AGO
Two big exhibitions in Bury gave local art lovers the chance to admire the work of two major painters.
Art lovers in West Suffolk had plenty to look at over these few weeks with two major exhibitions in Bury featuring a popular local artist and a famous Russian painter.
This was to be Anglian artist Joan Cawley’s 12th annual exhibition, held this time at The Cloister Gallery in St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Focusing on flowers and the Suffolk landscape, her paintings were renowned for their vibrant colours and realism.
The work of Russian painter Marc Chagall was also exhibited with 24 of his etchings illustrating the famous animal fables of La Fontaine.
50 YEARS AGO
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of rifleman Bertram Ely, No 16312, 2nd Battalion London Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action in France on the 24th of August 1916.
The deceased was the third son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Ely, of 21 Eastgate Street Bury St Edmunds and was 40 years of age.
Previous to joining the colours the deceased was employed in London for about 23 years. During the time he resided in Bury he was employed as barman at the Griffin Hotel, under the late Mr Stanley King.
He had only been in France about a month.
His younger brother Othniel is still serving with the 4th Suffolks ‘somewhere in France’.