The Barton Boneheads celebrate the 125th anniversary Ryde Carnival. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
THE OLDEST carnival in the country celebrated its 125th birthday on Saturday by turning back the clock.
Ryde Carnival’s special anniversary event combined a birthday party including live music and stalls at Appley Park with the traditional parade around the town, all with a few historic twists.
Ryde Carnival Association chairman Claire Kay said: "Queen Victoria was actually patron of the original carnival and even paraded with her children so we wanted to emulate the history of it."
Taking part in the event, which was held on the anniversary of the first carnival of August 17, 1888, were two Queen Victoria lookalikes, young and old, with the older queen being driven in a carriage pulled by Clydesdale horses Jeff and Bob of Windmill Carriages.
In honour of the special occasion, former carnival queens boarded classic buses from the Isle of Wight Bus Museum to take part in the parade.
The oldest queen that attended was 90-year-old Joan Bartrum.
Joan, who was carnival queen in 1939, was born and bred in Ryde before moving away when she married.
The former queen said: "The country was on the verge of war when I was queen and they just managed to hold the carnival. They were happy days."
For a full report and pictures, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, August 23.