On Tuesday 22 May 2018 The Friends of Ryde Library hosted an ever popular Tea and Talk afternoon,  the penultimate before the break for childrens’ summer activities.

An enthusiastic group of listeners were entertained with an interesting talk on old Ryde Carnivals 1888 – 1988 given by Malcolm Ross with accompanying photographs, newspapers, programmes, slides and old film of some of the processions.

The talk covered the evolution of Ryde Carnival from processions to celebrate local events, such as the opening of Ryde Waterworks in 1847 and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, to the first real carnival procession in 1888 and up to the shorter but no less colourful parades of today. The audience asked questions and enjoyed trying to identify long gone buildings and recognising characters from past processions.

Time went far too quickly and we could have gone on all afternoon watching the old films but we had to stop to make way for Lego club. The afternoon concluded with tea and lots of home made cake accompanied by continued lively carnival chatter.

The last Tea and Talk of the season is on Tuesday 19 June at 2pm entitled ‘Down the Pit’, an amusing account of the musical highs and lows of a plucky musician, given by Jane Pelham. Hope to see you there.







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