In the Chronicle 25 years ago this week, Biggleswade Carnival, which only three weeks earlier had been called off at the eleventh hour, was set to have one of the biggest processions of floats the town had ever seen.
Organisers had believed that there was little hope of resurrecting the carnival following its cancellation due to “lack of support” but Winston Crescent mums called on the Chronicle to help. The newspaper’s High Street offices became the venue for an emergency meeting and people rallied round to save the day.
As a result of the combined effort, more than 25 floats were set to gather at the car park behind the railway station for judging on carnival day. A funfair was already in place on the Market Square and a family fun day organised by Biggleswade United Football Club was scheduled to take place on the Sunday at its Fairfield Road ground with a football tournament, ladies rounders and sideshows.
The Chronicle congratulated the Winston Crescent Wanderers for their energy and enthusiasm in managing to reinstate the “best carnival ever”.
This year’s Biggleswade Carnival takes place on June 20.