Carnival fun, frolics and sun through the decades

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The Telegraph has been taking photos at town carnivals across our area for decades and here are just a few of the images we have captured in that time.

It’s summer and, as well as the warm weather, it means it is carnival season in many of the towns across the area.

Kettering carnival in 1986

Kettering carnival in 1986

For decades, our photographers have been snapping queens, princesses, floats, fun and games at the big summer events in your towns and villages.

During that time we have built up a huge archive of images from those events, in particular the annual bashes in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Desborough.

On this page are just a handful of photographs which may stir a few memories.

Carnival season is already well under way this year.

Desborough hosted its annual event on Saturday, June 29.

Wellingborough Carnival and the Party in the Park takes place this Saturday, July 6, while the Corby Carnival takes place next Saturday, July 13. Kettering will hold its annual event on Saturday, August 17.

As well as carnivals, the Telegraph’s archives also cover other traditional summer events such as the annual Thrapston Charter Fair and Kettering Feast Fair – an annual summer fair which has been visiting Kettering for more than 100 years.

The Kettering Carnival itself also has a relatively long history, having been in its present format since 1948.

Organisers say the event was originally conceived by Kettering man Bill Roe as a fundraiser for organisations for the blind.

Wellingborough Carnival also had a philanthropic aim when it started in 1908.

The event was originally called the Hospital Day Parade and raised money for Wellingborough Cottage Hospital, which had opened in 1908, and that continued until the NHS was created in 1948.

The Corby Carnival is a more recent creation, having been set up by a group of volunteers in 2003.

Organisers say the event has gone from strength to strength since then, with 2011 being the biggest so far.