The first recorded carnival procession in England was at Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, in 1888. Cine photography was in its infancy, so we have no moving images of those early days . Our earliest footage dates from 1951 and we travel through the decades with film from Ryde, Bembridge and Shanklin carnivals. At one time there were 16 carnivals held on the Island during the summer months. Most processions had at least six local youth bands interspersed throughout the tableaux and were attended by such regulars as The Ryde Buccaneers, Warners Holiday Camps, The Keystone Kops, local industry, Public houses, The Ventnor Jazz Band and, of course, the Carnival Queens with their attendants. This is not a history of Island carnivals, more a celebration, so join us as we journey back to a time when PC meant a Police Constable and ‘health’ and ‘safety’ were not linked together.
PAL Televison system, Region 2, Stereo Sound and Aspect Ratio 4.3, 64 minutes
Released: 02 April 2007