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Herne Bay Historical Records Society – Life is a carnival

Carol Bosworth
Carol Bosworth
At our last meeting members enjoyed a colourful and descriptive presentation by Carol Bosworth which she entitled Life is a Carnival. Based on her lifelong connections with the Herne Bay carnival she explained that her very first appearance was in 1945 when she was one of the fairies on the Muriel Hasland ballet school float.

Some of the highlights which she remembered most were when she was elected Miss Herne Bay in 1963 and she helped carnival character Smokey the Clown pick the Junior Miss Herne Bay; when her son Nicholas joined her as a three year old as space aliens in 1972 and when she acquired her Sinclair C5 vehicle in 1998 and invented her Pip the Clown character, with the help of Smokey who had become a firm friend.

Other highlights were when she took part in 1953 with her mum dressed as Mrs Dolittle and a 10-year-old Carol as Eliza from My Fair Lady and in 1982 when Carol, her husband Richard and Nicholas entered as TV’s Open All Hours show.

She illustrated her talk with photographs taken from every year through the decades. She revealed fascinating details of how she had made many of the costumes using very innovative and unusual materials and artifacts. She concluded by saying that next year, 2015, will be her 70th continuous year of appearing in the carnival and she hopes to make it a spectacular appearance. She said:

I would really like it to be a bumper year for carnival entries so am putting out a special plea for as many people as possible to make the effort to enter and make it one to remember.

A collection of copies of local pre-war blue book directories were available for members to look up their addresses to discover previous residents of their houses, as was the dead man’s penny for Harry Gammon recently donated to the society. The next meeting of the society will be tomorrow (Thursday) at the Lower Hall United Reform Church, High Street, Herne Bay, when Margaret Burns will be giving a talk entitled The Three B’s – Some aspects of the explosive history of Faversham.

Doors are open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Visitors are welcome at £2, members free. For any more information on meetings or the society contact 01227 366863 or e-mail HBHRS.org@gmail.com

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