SOUTHAMPTON carnival wasn't as large in 1988 as it was most years, but not because of the weather or poor turnout – because of an admin error.

The carnival was of its usual high standard that year, but there was something missing from the city centre party. Enough floats.

Due to a mistake in the application process, many of the entry forms weren't sent out.

The sun blazed down, the collection tins rattled and flag-waving crowds lined the streets as the  1988 Southampton carnival parade got underway on July 7.

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Among the unusual floats was a swan created by staff from Southampton Hospitals and the University, complete with a moving neck made from a section of drainpipe and rope.