CARNIVAL day fun comes to Ulverston on Saturday, July 6, and to mark the event we have taken a look back to the floats and dancing troupes which took to the streets 20 years ago.

This year's lavish parade starts at 1pm and ends in Ford Park for the traditional fairground rides, stalls and entertainment.

The theme for the 2019 parade is Laurel and Hardy, so you can expect to see members of the Sons of the Desert in a costumed Stand an Ollie parade in tribute to the Holly comedy stars - and to celebrate Stan Laurel's links with his Ulverston birthplace.

The Mail, on Monday July 5 in 1999, noted: "British hopes were dashed at Wimbledon as Tim Henman crashed out at the semi-final stage but local spirits quickly revived at Ulverston's centenary carnival day on Saturday.

"The early grey skies lifted for the afternoon to provide an appropriately sunny setting for the carnival queen's procession from the Coronation Hall, led by Ulverston Town Band.

"Earlier, people gathered in Market Place for entertainment and activities presided over by De Pronkjewail, a  street organ made by Richters of Dusseldorf in 1850, and now the only existing 60-key street organ in working order.

"However, it was not fun and games for the town wrongdoers undergoing punishment in the stocks.

"Crowds thronged along the streets of the parade route, which was toured by the mayor and mayoress of Ulverston and the mayor and mayoress of Ulverston's twin town of Albert, in France, as well as ex-carnival queens.

"There was also a tour of the parade route by the Road Hogs, a new Ulverston motor cycle club helping to raise money for local causes, and by vintage motor cycles.

"The fun continued with a gala in Ford Park with entertainment from Dance Unlimited, Steps Incorporated, Helen's School of Dance and Imperial School of Dance."

In 1999 the Ulverston carnival queen was 11-year-old Jenna Croft.

Among the floats was an entry from Spirit of Youth saying a big welcome to refugees who had arrived in Ulverston from the war-torn Kosovo.

You can follow the build-up to the 2019 parade on its facebook page.