Wednesday, October 05, 2022


These nostalgic pictures, showing Brigg town centre almost 60 years ago, have been rediscovered in a local family archive.
They were taken from the floor above Instone's well-known grocery shop on Wrawby Street and are thought to feature a carnival procession around 1963.
The floats would have been on their way to Brigg Recreation Ground, or possibly Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns ground.
Tony Instone, a former pupil of Brigg Grammar School, kindly forwarded the interesting colour images to Brigg Blog over the weekend after we had met, briefly, during the Lincolnshire Market. Shops in view include Bradley's, Sipling's, Bowen's and Woolworth's.
Also featured are the old Red Lion pub (since demolished) and the Congregational Chapel (now housing an estate agency).
Tony says the floats are interesting, including the one representing Brigg Sugar Factory.
'Miss Brigg' (possibly the Carnival Queen) and the two runners up (Princesses?) also appear.
Brigg Blog can't recall seeing any of the pictures previously, and we think this is probably the first time they've featured online.
So our thanks go to Tony for sharing them. We anticipate the pix will bring back many memories for Brigg Blog followers - now aged 60+ -who can recall using  these shops and attending the annual summer carnivals.
Being colour pictures, they highlight the attractive frontages many local business premises offered in the 1960s.
For the benefit of younger Brigg Blog followers, we should mention that Wrawby Street still formed part of the A18 at the time these scenes were recorded.
Carnivals were held on Sundays when less traffic was using the main road, but it's likely that police on patrol near the Buttercross held up cars and lorries while the procession passed through.
Just a reminder... many interesting old pictures of Brigg Sugar Factory can be viewed in an exhibition at Brigg Heritage Centre which will continue until the end of this year.

Instone's - from which these carnival pictures were photographed in the 1960s.