A MAN who took part in the town’s post-war celebrations more than 70 years ago is looking to track down those who shared in the joy and relief.

In 1946, the year after the Second World War ended, Gordon Brown was a 12-year-old boy given the prestigious honour of crowning the queen of the Northwich Carnival.

Now, as the country marks 100 years since the end of another deadly war, Gordon is looking to share memories with others who took part in the carnival festivities.

He said: “This was the first carnival after the Second World War. It was known then as the Hospital Saturday Carnival.

“Everyone in the country needed a celebration, as we had all gone through a lot. I was the crown bearer to Sheila Comboy – sadly she has died.”

Gordon is looking to get in touch with any of the eight ladies-in-waiting, and others who watched of joined the parade as it proceeded through town, up Castle Hill, through Winnington and into Verdin Park.

He added: “The town was closed on this Saturday as it was a massive parade – it went on for two hours.

“People came from all over Cheshire, and it was four people deep both sides of the road from James Street in Rudheath to Verdin Park.”

Gordon also recalls 20 dance troupes competing on the day, while dance school teacher Kitty Oakes was choreographer for the royal retinue.

Gordon has asked anyone who wishes to share memories of the day to call him on 01606 852686