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there was a carnival atmosphere in Heckmondwike as the town basked in the summer heat for the wedding of Charles and Diana.

The town’s Chamber of Trade organised a community gala in the grounds of Heckmondwike Grammar School.

The fair was preceded by a procession through town with 20 floats taking part and hundreds of people packed the streets to cheer them on.

On arrival at the grammar school, the event was officially opened by writer Stan Barstow, author of A Kind of Loving.

Young and old alike waved their Union Jacks and wore red, white and blue to reflect their patriotism.

The winning float was the Chamber of Trade’s, which was bearing show queen Miss Heckmondwike, 19-year-old Christine Little.

However, it was seven-month old Samuel Lawrence of Heckmondwike who stole the hearts of the 4,000-strong crowd, dressed as the polo-playing Prince of Wales, astride a rocking horse.