Thousands of people were on the streets of Dalton-in-Furness despite the rain for the town’s annual carnival in 1997.

A light drizzle began to fall shortly before the start of the parade, although it did not dampen the spirits of the brightly-coloured dancers trooping through the streets.

That year’s carnival queen, Abigail Groves, 15, was accompanied by ladies-in-waiting Hannah Hall and Stacey Birkett, both 14.

The parade started on Prince Street and wound its way through the town, which was lined with crowds clutching umbrellas, and ended up at the Dalton Football Club field.

PLAYING: From left, Ashley Metcalf, Aimee Coulson and Laura Atkinson of the Imperial School of Dancing at Dalton Carnival in 1997

PLAYING: From left, Ashley Metcalf, Aimee Coulson and Laura Atkinson of the Imperial School of Dancing at Dalton Carnival in 1997

The dance teams included the Imperial School of Dance, Dance Unlimited, Sue’s School of Dance, Helen’s School of Dance and Christine Hart School of Dance.

There was impressive music from Barrow St Andrew’s Pipe Band and the Barracudas.

The rain meant the boards were too wet so the dancing classes could not take place. The troupes would be judged at Askam parade a week later.

PROUD: Dalton Carnival Queen Abigail Grove with her ladies-in-waiting Hannah Hall (left) and Stacey Birkett in 1997

PROUD: Dalton Carnival Queen Abigail Grove with her ladies-in-waiting Hannah Hall (left) and Stacey Birkett in 1997

In 1999, there were large crowds for the Dalton Carnival – the showpiece of the town’s charter celebrations.

The parade started from Hollygate Road for the first time in its history and took a reverse route through the streets.

There were 70 entries and they were met every step of the way by appreciative crowds made up of every generation.

PARADE: From left, Amanda Hall, Vicky Johnson, Helen Potts, Wendy Shaw, Gemma Hall, Samantha Dickens and Joanna Gelling

PARADE: From left, Amanda Hall, Vicky Johnson, Helen Potts, Wendy Shaw, Gemma Hall, Samantha Dickens and Joanna Gelling

Dalton councillor Maureen Rothery, whose husband Alan was mayor, said: “It was very enjoyable and The Barracudas again were absolutely fantastic.”

Susan Morgan, wife of Stan, carnival committee chairman, said: “It was very successful. We were really pleased that the weather wasn’t all bad and with the amount of people that came along to watch.

The carnival cost about £2,500 to stage.

MARCHING: Three youngsters from the What’s Bugging You ensemble at Dalton Carnival in 1997

MARCHING: Three youngsters from the What’s Bugging You ensemble at Dalton Carnival in 1997

Proceeds from the event would be divided between local charities.

The annual event was very well attended and many look forward to the carnival every year. Many local residents were drawn to the streets and the event was considered a tremendous success.