SOUTHAMPTON came alive in a magnificent explosion of colour and sound as floats snaked their way through the city streets.

Carnival fever peaked as a scorching sun sizzled upon thronging crowds while they applauded perpetually.

Bands played and children ran with collecting tins as the carnival precession carved its way through the packed streets from West Quay Road to the Common.

That year, on July 15, 1989, Southampton Carnival’s theme was Leisure Time ‘89.

Money raised went to eight local charities and to the Mayor’s appeal.

A novel entry from the naturist club claimed the day was their Annual Outing 1989. But the far from bashful bunch revealed nothing as they leapt about behind strategically placed garden fences.

The Hedge End Brownies delighted the crowd with their characters from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.