Diss can trace it's Carnival history back a long way. We've been looking back over the years of Carnival for some inspiration and reminiscing! Thanks to all who have submitted their Carnival memories to the page, it's been lovely to see your pictures and hear your stories! Here are some of our highlights so far...

Step back in time with Diss Carnival…

In 2008, Diss Carnival was brought back to life after being absent from the town for many years. It featured run up events including a disco evening in which the Carnival Queen and attendants were chosen by a panel of judges. Charlotte Cox was awarded the prize, and lead the procession in style in a horse drawn carriage!

The event also featured the East Anglian Working Newfoundlands demonstrating dog rescues in a watery display in the Mere; Morris Dancers, Tug of War and plenty of Fancy Dress!

Ex-Carnival Co-ordinator Dorreen Collins has kindly uploaded the 2008 programme to the Carnival Archive, which can be viewed here.

We also have a selection of photographs from the parade in our archive that we believe were taken by Photo Elite in the Town Centre.  See someone you recognise? Got a Carnival memory you want to share? Head over to our Facebook to join in, or drop us a line.



Here’s a lovely set of photos of Carnival in the mid sixties – what a lovely #ThrowbackThursday!

Have you go involved with Diss Carnival yet? Get in touch today or visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk 🙂

Thanks to Karl Norman of Diss & District Memories for sharing.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is the Official Diss Carnival​ programme from 1984! Crazy to think this was 33 years ago!

Want to be part of the fun this year? Log on to www.diss-carnival.co.uk or email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk and be part of it!

Thanks to Roella Trudgill for submitting this one.

This weeks #ThrowbackThursday comes from Diss Museum.
This is the Diss Youth Centre Drama Group as 1000 Years of the Monarchy, in the carnival in the early 1970s. The black & white photographs came from the Eastern Counties Newspapers, while the colour one was by Leslie Ward.

Do you recognise anyone in these shots? Tag your friends! Make sure to get involved with this year’s procession – visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk or email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk to register your interest!

Today’s memory is from Lavina Wootton of Diss and District Memories… It’s the winners of the Decorated Bicycle Prize in the late 1970s!

Recognise anyone from the photo? Send in your Carnival stories!


Thanks to Roella Trudgill for sending in this week’s Carnival Memories! This week we’ve got two pictures for you: Sheila Coleman, Carnival Chair dressed as a clown walking alongside the parade as it left from Fair Green, and a float making it’s way along Uplands Way in about 1982. Check out the press cutting from 1967, all about when Sheila took on the role of Carnival Chairman!

Do you recognise anyone from these photos? Got your own Carnival memories to share? Get involved Diss Carnival, send in your stories and pictures!

Today’s throwback is from David Porter of Diss & District Memories…

The year is as yet unknown.. we have an estimate of after 1962… Do you recognise this Carnival? Spot yourself in the crowd? Let us know in the comments!


Here’s a photo from Mike Webb, creator of the fabulous Dinsdale. It’s Neptune Posters (Silkscreen Printers) float from approx. 1968!
The company was based at Piper’s Nurseries (now Piper’s Gardens) opposite Fair Green. You can see Neil Piper, Derek Potter and Mike Webb was taking the photo! They got third prize for their entry!
Did you spot Neil’s cat, spike, making a guest appearance on the bonnet?!

Inspired? Why not enter a float into this years’ carnival? Get in touch with us today to register your interest or ideas! 🙂 Email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk, get in touch, or drop us a message on facebook!