LAST Saturday was the Huddersfield Carnival so what better way to start this week’s All Our Yesterdays than with a carnival picture from 1986.
All the photographs in these pages were published in the Examiner in July of that year, capturing the town’s summer fun.
The carnival then featured 13 floats on the route from Beck Road in Birkby through the town centre to Greenhead Park where the music was provided by Jab Jab, Culture Shock and the Average Yard Band with dancing from Mutiny On The Dancefloor. The carnival queen was Theresa Adams from Sheepridge. In the evening a Big Drum Dance was held at the Hudawi Centre with music from local band Skinhead.
On the national stage many of the hits dominating the charts are now regarded as classics and you’ll see them on Vintage TV and hear them on radio stations that love music from that era.
Just a few include Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer, Breakout by Swing Out Sister, Chain Reaction by Diana Ross, Dancing On The Ceiling by Lionel Richie, The Final Countdown by Europe, The Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston, Holding Back The Years by Simply Red, Manic Monday by The Bangles, Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna, Is It A Crime? by Sade, A Kind Of Magic by Queen and Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh.
It was a momentous year with The Smiths playing their final gig, Queen embarking on what became their last tour called The Magic Tour and Duran Duran began their career as a three-piece.
Country music superstar Dolly Parton opened her Dollywood theme park at the wonderfully-named Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.