The photograph below shows Wickford Carnival court in 1979.
Carnival Queen, Miss Wendy Cosson.
Carnival Princesses, Miss Gillian Hurford and Miss Jane O’Keefe.
Over the last 30 years the Carnival route has been altered with the growth of the town. Originally the route was from Castledon Road, along London Road and High street to the carnival ground at Runwell Church fields. Later it came down from Shotgate to Nevendon Recreation ground. When the bypass was built the route was changed again, from Church End Lane, Runwell, through Swan Lane and the High street.