The Echo revealed earlier this week that Hedge End Carnival is in jeopardy due to a lack of volunteers.

Hedge End first appeared on the Southampton and district map in 1759 when it was still an agricultural hamlet.

As recently as the mid-to-late 19th century, Hedge End, like many villages in the area, was a strawberry-growing region.

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Its produce was despatched to London and Scotland by train from Botley station.

But the town has grown over the years and now has a population of more than 20,000 people spread over nearly 700 hectares. Yet for most of its existence, it was just a small village in the parish of Botley.

Through a large part of its history, the Hedge End carnival has been an annual event on the calendar of locals and those from neighbouring areas.

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These pictures were taken throughout the years at the carnivals.

Volunteers, who could just get involved on the day with roles like road marshalling or help with organisation in the run up to the event, should go to or attend the meeting at Hedge End Village Hall on Monday January 8 at 7.30pm.