Extracts taken from an article in the “Flying Post” dated 1904 describes how the ‘annual carnival took place on Guy Fawkes Day and everything was carried out in fine style’ and how ‘the procession was of unusual length and interest including several new and novel items, special prizes were offered for the best ‘get-up’ and the competition was keen’ it goes on to say how ‘the procession contained of guys carrying torches, banners, etc. headed by the town brass band, the carriages, bicycles, perambulators etc. mingling with the torch bearers’ the carnival has changed so little that they could have been describing any recent year!
The following excerpts from Mr Johns’ notes show how popular Hatherleigh Carnival was, (although maybe not with the Bank!) and how generous the spectators have always been.
The record year was November 6th 1929 when the total takings amounted to £202.39 and this was the first time they had hit the £200 mark, the previous year bringing in £171. On November 12th 1929 the Hon. Sec. Mr S.J Johns and the Hon. Treasurer Mr J Monaton, conveyed the cash in a wheelbarrow to the bank. The Bank Manager said this was the first time he had witnessed such an event!