Hartlepool Carnival fun in the fifties

Youngsters in fancy dress at Hartlepool Carnival in the 1950s.

Youngsters in fancy dress at Hartlepool Carnival in the 1950s.

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Generations of Mail readers have enjoyed all the fun of the fair each summer at Hartlepool Carnival.

Beauty contests, treasure digs, fancy dress competitions, sports races and fairground rides have been a staple of the event since 1923.

Carnival capers with kids in fancy dress in the 1950s.

Carnival capers with kids in fancy dress in the 1950s.

“Thousands flock to the carnival each year, and it is a tradition beloved by people of all ages,” said Mail archivist Susan Swinney.

“So, with the carnival now in full swing, I thought it would be nice to dig out some old Mail photos of the event back in the 1950s.

“Unfortunately, most images lack names and dates, but hopefully readers might recognise themselves or family members from the past.

“Perhaps they will bring back some happy memories for people too.”
* Can you help put names to places or faces? Email susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk

Thousands flock to the carnival each year, and it is a tradition beloved by people of all ages.

Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Hartlepool Mail.
Carnival Parade - date not known.

Carnival Parade - date not known.

Hartlepool Carnival Fancy Dress in the 1950s.

Hartlepool Carnival Fancy Dress in the 1950s.