THE skies overhead may have been grey but the streets of Winchester were filled with colour, bright smiles, music and laughter as the carnival wound its way through the streets to the sound of drums and bugles.

The procession on July 13, 1980, was led by baton-twirling majorettes and a perpetually waving carnival queen Beverley Anne Clark.

Earlier in the day, 19-year-old Beverley was crowned in the pedestrian precinct by the former year’s holder Jackie Phillips.

More than 20 floats provided colour, humour and imagination to the procession. There were two bands, Eastleigh scouts and Montgomery of Alamein School and at least five majorette troupes.

Other acts and events included the Winchester Morris Men, the Rotaract tug of war, Punch and Judy, the Close Harmony Singers and the carnival disco in the Guildhall.

The carnival proceeds were given to multiple sclerosis and leukaemia charities as well as helping to buy cardiac teaching apparatus for the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.