A HEATWAVE was disrupted by rain shortly before the Fair Oak Carnival began, but Britain’s smallest fire brigade were on hand, ready for a return to scorching temperatures.

The 8th Eastleigh Cub Scouts swapped their uniforms for firemen’s suits to blaze the tail in the big parade on July 8, 1989 - the highlight of the Fair Oak Community Association’s action packed week of fun.

One of the stars of the show was Daisy, a larger-than-life cow. Surrounded by a bevy of milkmaids, she stunned the crowd as she swished her way through the village streets.

There were loud cheers for the Wyvern Play School as it staged its own Super Bowl ‘89. The village’s St Thomas Play Group settled for something more English with its enchanting Sing a Song of Sixpence float.

Carnival queen Janice Bartlett and princess Sarah Holloway headed the bumper parade which swung to the sounds of four top bands. And the music kept playing as revellers danced the night away at a grand carnival disco.