SCHOOL nativity plays form the acting debut for many a child - and some go on to love acting and performing.

Here on the Isle of Wight, we are also lucky to have lots of carnival processions to take part in, as well as a wealth of shows staged by local amateur dramatics groups. 

Scroll through our gallery of pictures above to see some memorable moments from the past few decades...

This week in the We Grew Up on the Isle of Wight Facebook group, we loved seeing Caroline Hempstead's pictures - including the main image above - of St Saviour's Primary School's performance of HMS Pinafore at Totland Church Hall. 

Caroline said: "I'm not sure of the exact date but it was around 1969-1970! My dad, Keith Hempstead, was the musical director and I’m the one dressed in a boy's sailor suit!"

Isle of Wight County Press:

Caroline (right) in HMS Pinafore in approximately 1969-1970.

Carnivals are also a source of great memories and we loved seeing Ann White's pictures of East Cowes Carnival, 1980, with a mother and toddler group dressed as pirates.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Do you recognise yourself in Ann White's photo from East Cowes Carnival, 1980?

A spectacular dragon roamed the streets of Shanklin during the town's carnival procession in 1972. He drew plenty of interest and admiration and at more than ten feet tall and rather long, he wasn't to be forgotten in a hurry!

Isle of Wight County Press:

Do you remember this dragon? Picture: Julian Russell.

Owen Parker posted a picture on the We Grew Up on the Isle of Wight Facebook group of him and his fellow Cowes-based classmates in Love Lane Primary School's Christmas play in around 1972-3.

Carol Rackett saw Owen's post and realised she was in the same play. She said: "That's me, the fairy in the front on the left side."

Isle of Wight County Press:

Carol Rackett's picture of the Love Lane Primary School Christmas play.

If you have photos and memories of taking part in local plays and carnivals, why not post them on the We Grew Up on the Isle of Wight Facebook group?

Not a member yet? Click here to join in the fun!

Want to read more nostalgia articles like this? Click here