The Domesday Project, which was launched by the BBC in 1986 to preserve a snapshot of life in the UK for future generations, has published two written memories by children in Somersham about the carnival. These have been made available online as part of the BBC’s Domesday Reloaded project.
Both look back on the 1985 Somersham Carnival, which had a theme of TV Programmes, and describe the activities
Here’s a video from 2010 Somersham Carnival – showing the ‘Carnival’ themed procession of classic cars, colourful floats and carnival walkers with lots of whistle blowing, and also the attractions at Norwood Playing Fields and the Victory Hall.
The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) has published an article reporting on the 2008 Somersham Carnival. This year’s theme was ‘Farming and Rural Living’ and resulted in lots of scarecrows – including a Worzel Gummage and Aunt Sally!
The article quotes Theresa Baird, Carnival Secretary, as saying:
“We probably had about 2,500 people but unlike last year when people went home because of the rain, this year they stayed and some of them were still enjoying the sunshine when we were clearing up at 7pm”
The Carnival Princess Millie Holbrook was joined by her attendants Lily Steward and Sophie Anderson.
MP for North West Cambridge, Shailesh Vara helped to judge some of the competitions.