NOSTALGIA: A look back at Peterborough on parade

Peterborough loves a good parade and today's Looking Back pictures are a random selection of some very different events from our past.

Tuesday, 11th July 2017, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:29 am
BMF parade in the 1980's ENGEMN00120120929090512

Top is a picture of the BMF parade taken in the 1980s.

The British Motorcycling Federation and Peterborough became synonymous with the huge rally that was held at the Showground for many years, which at its peak attracted almost 100,000 bikers.

Another organisation with close links to Peterborough is of course RAF Wittering, which has the Freedom of the City.

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RAF Wittering Freedom Parade in the 1980's ENGEMN00120120929090747

The second picture is also from the 80s and shows large crowds gathered to watch the freedom march.

The next picture was sent in some years ago by reader Mrs Audrey Shaw from Longthorpe and shows her father in a city carnival parade.

Does anyone remember the Patent Safety Ladder Co?

The fourth picture is another carnival picture featuring an elephant themed float advertising the wares of a firm called Watkins and Stafford which I believe was a hardware store in Fitzwilliam Street.

From Mrs Audrey Shaw showing her father in the carnival parade

Does anybody have any memories or pictures of the carnival. When did the carnival stop?

The final picture shows city residents joined in the VE Day celebrations in 1945.

carnival picture featuring an elephant themed float
1945 VE Day parade ENGEMN00120110622173135
RAF Wittering Freedom Parade in the 1980's ENGEMN00120120929090747
From Mrs Audrey Shaw showing her father in the carnival parade
carnival picture featuring an elephant themed float
1945 VE Day parade ENGEMN00120110622173135