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From the archives: Diss Carnival fun 50 years ago

PUBLISHED: 08:34 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:51 20 May 2019

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

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With the countdown on until Diss Carnival here is a glimpse of how the town celebrated its big day back in the 1960s.

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

The festival spirit is the same even if some of the family fun activities were a little bit different back in 1968 and 1969 — we don't have a donkey derby these days!

These pictures from our archives show it was hugely popular five decades ago though as contestants saddled up for the dash to the line.

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Other pre-carnival events included the hugely popular announcing of the Carnival Queen, in a Miss World style contest. Again that isn't in favour these days, though for 2019's event the carnival King and Queen will be returning with residents of the De Lucy House care home in the regal roles.

The parade though the town centre remains much the same 50 years on, this year the Diss Carnival has a pun-laden pre-historic theme — Pre-Diss-Toric — and takes place on Sunday, June 9.

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

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Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Announcement of the Diss Carnival Queen at the pre-carnival celebrations, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryAnnouncement of the Diss Carnival Queen at the pre-carnival celebrations, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Diss Carnival Queen finalists at the pre-carnival celebrations, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Carnival Queen finalists at the pre-carnival celebrations, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

The Diss Carnival Queen, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Diss Carnival Queen, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Donkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDonkey derby and pre-carnival celebrations in Diss, 1 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Diss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Carnival, 15 June 1968. Photo: Archant Library

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