|BURTON GALA "ONE OF THE BEST."
From the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph July 17th. 1939
Robin Hood's Men Take Toll in Good Cause.
"ONE OF THE BEST EVER" was how a spectator described Burton Latimer's Gala Day on Saturday.
The showery weather of the morning and the ominous thought that it was St Swithin's Day both alike failed to dampen enthusiasm, and large crowds lined the streets through which the parade passed on its way to the Recreation Ground. One of the chief features of interest was the tableau, "Robin Hood and his Merry Men," entered by employees of Messrs, C Wicksteed and Co., Ltd., Kettering. These entrants have attracted a good deal of attention at other galas in the district thisyear, if only because, like the original Robin Hood, they adopt the motto of "robbery in a good cause, to wit, the hospitals. To encourage donations they take round with them a pair of stocks from which willing or maybe unwilling) victims must pay a ransom of coins before release At Burton all was/good humoured and the victims, among whom the fair sex seemed to be in a majority, appeared thoroughly to enjoy the new view of the world they secured from the lorry, while seated imprisoned by the ankles in the instrument of punishment of by-gone days.
Many other entries in the parade bore witness to the fact that the spirit of carnival is far from being dead, while notably attractive was the tableau bearing in state the three trade "queens" of Burton Latimer, Miss Sylvia Johnson leather trade) Miss Sylvia Conroy (clothing), and Miss Rose Johnson (other trades). In a following car rode Miss Audrey Larratt, last year's Carnival Queen.
Local organisations, as well as entrants, helped to swell a long and colourful parade, which was headed by Finedon Old Prize Band.
An exceptionally large crowd attended the sports which were held in the Recreation Ground during the evening. Here notable features were a tug-o'-war, a hose cart competition for fire brigades, and a display of gymnastics by pupils of the Church of England School, in which the pupils under the direction of their headmaster (Mr. J. Dunn) carried out many clever feats such as diving head first through a hoop and somersaulting as they reached the ground. Later as dusk fell the out-of-door activeties ended with a torchlight procession in which many joined. Dancing followed at the Conservative Club to the music of the Ambassadors' Band.
The parade results were: Characteristic get-up, with prams, cycles or scooters (children under 10), 1 June Wood, Holiday Making. 2 Ivan Wilson, Cowboy (mounted), 3 Paul Villette, Balloon Man: Get-up without prams, etc. children under 10, Burton only 1 Herbert Clews Indian Chief. 2 Mary Wittering and Betty Loak, Crinoline Maids, 3 David Hull, Clown. Get-up with prams, cycles or scooters (girls or boys under 16). 1 Trevor Tiney (Woodford), Pride of Holland: 2 Tony Knowles (Finedon), Red Indian In Canoe 3 Shirley Tiney (Woodford) Falry on the Moon; Get-up without prams, etc. (girls or boys under 16), 1 Harry Johnson, Ice Hockey Player, 2 Brenda Whiteman, Squaw: 3 Monica Hetherington, The Whip: Fancy or characteristic group (children under 16, 1 Thelma Morris and party (Burton), Pretty Pollies, 2 Burton Latimer Council Infants' School Jack Frost and his court 3 Burton Latimer Council Infants School Dame Durden's Shoe: Fancy or characteristic get-up, gentlemen 1 Mr. F. Whiteman (Burton). Beau Nash (Founder of Bath Hospital, 18th century) Fancy or characteristic get-up (ladies), 1 Miss Mary Attewell (Wellingborough), Marie Antoinette, 2 Miss Jean Whiteman (Burton Latimer) Eros, Old Piccadilly Circus. London, 3 Mrs. P. Branaghan (Burton), Wash Woman; Fancy or characteristic group, 1 C. Wicksteed and Co. (Kettering), Robin Hood and his Merry Men, 2 Ideal Clothiers (Burton) Cleopatra and Slaves, 3 Messrs, Wilson and Watson, Ltd. (Kettering), Dutch Scene, 4 Miss Maidwyn Baker and party (Burton) Deep Purple; Company turn-out. Boys Brigade, Girl Guides, Scouts, Cubs, etc.. 1 1st Finedon St Mary's Boy Scouts Group, 2 1st Burton Latimer Company The Boys' Brigade; Bugie Band Boys' Brigade. Scouts, etc.. 1 1st Higham Ferrers Company The Boys Bri gade. 2 1st Finedon Rovers' Band, 3 1st Burton Latimer Company The Boys Brigade: Decorated House, 1 Miss M. Mason, 22, William St., 2 Mrs. Mason, 12. Alexandra-street; Decorated Houses (two or more), 1 Mrs Aubrey 6,8 and10, Alexandra-street.
The sports results were:_ Fire hose competition, Higham Ferrers (39 2-5 secs.1. Raunds (43 2-5 2. London Brick Co. (44 2-5) 8: Giris' 80 yards flat handicap, Heat 1- J. Bradbury 1. P. Bulley 2, C. Norton 3: Heat 2-E. Bambridge 1. J. Russell 2, B Eady 3: Final-J. Bradbury1. C. Norton 2. P. Bulley 3: Boys 100 yards flat handicap, Heat 1-W. White 1. P. Hinde 2: Heat 2-R Smith w.o. heat 3-T. Turner 1. L Phillips 2: Heat 4-K.Lawrence 1, G. Patrick 2: Final-P. Hinde 1. W. White 2. K Lawrence 3; boys' 80 yards flat handicap Heat N Patrick 1. P. Stokes 2: Heat 2-F Craddock 1, N. Dacre 2: Heat 3-J. Carvell 1,J.Bradbury 2: Final-N. Patrick 1. P. Stokes 2. 3 Bradbury 3: 100 yards flat. A. Wittering C 1, S. Bulmer (C) 2. J. Elliott (B) 3: two-lap cycle race, 1 E. Hebron (C): Youths’ 220 yards flat, D. Mould (B) 1 D. Underwood B) 2, R. Gazeley (C) 3; boys' 220 yards lat. Heat 1-K.Lawrence 1. T. Turner 2: Heat 2 W. White 1, G. Patrick 2; Heat 3--F. Mandeville and L. Phillips d.h.: Final-w. White1. K. Lawrence 2, L. Phiilips 3: 220 yards flat. A. Wittering (C 1. S. Bulmer iC) 2 D Mould (B) 3; boat race. Benford's 1. Coles 2: Burton Latimer veterans, 100 yards flat (40 and over), B. Toseland 1, B. Rose 2. L Patrick 3: 880 yards iat, S. Bulmer IC) 1. D Mould (B 2: boys' relay race. Church of England "A" 1. Council School "A"2 Three-lap cycle race. P. Hammond (C) 1. F. Cooper (B) 2, E. Hebron (C) 3: Tug-o-war, First round-Auxiliary Fire Brigade w.o. St. John Ambulance beat The Boys, H. Keightley's beat Finedon-st. Club, Fire Brigade beat Coles Boot: semi-final-- Fire Brigade beat Auxillary Fire Brigade. Keightley's beat St. John Ambulance: Final Keightley's beat Fire Brigade; Gentlemen's cup competition (cup given by Weetabix Sports Club). Coles Boot Co. 23 pts., Benford's 14 pts. (Note: In the everts (C) indicates employee of Coles Boot co (B) a member of Benford's team. The judges of the parade were: Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Gilbert, Mrs. J. W. Coles, Mrs .M. Ozier, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. O. Tailby, Mrs. A. Barlow, Mr. J. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. F. Dunmore, Mr. and Mrs. A. Sudborough, Mr. C. Ford and Mr. A. G. Remington.
The course of the parade was from the Mission Room. Finedon-road, through High-street, Duke-street, Alexandra-street, Finedon-street, Rosebery-street, Spencer- street, Newman-street, High-street, Church street, Station-road, New Estate, William- street, to the Recreation Field. Mr. A. Freestone was hon. parade secretary: Mr. J. Bull, marshall; and Messrs. B. Toseland and E. Turner, stewards.
Sideshows and other attractions were under the charge of the following: chairman, Mr. H. Mason: treasurer, Mr. E. Turner secretary, Mr. R. W. Cooper; skittles, Conservative Club; darts (playing card), Finedon-street W.M.C.: two stalls, British Legion (Women's); three stalls, Hart and Levy; treasure hunt, S.J.A.B.. Men's: postbox, Buckby Bros: Chinese laundry, money darts, ball and bucket, Ideal Clothiers: darts, Band Club; ring over pegs, Aunt Sally. Whitney and Westley; bowls, Britannia Club; emblems, Co-op. Clothing: can-cans and bran tub, Midland Box Factory; goldfish, A. Palmer; two stalls and sweets Nursing Association; two stalls, British Legion, Men's: street collection. Nursing Division, S.J.A.B,; sale of programmes, sports committee; stall, Methodist Sunday School: canteen. Mr. A. Smith, Wellingborough. The sports officials were: Referee, C. Mandeville; judges, W. Hakin, G. C. Dawson; hon, handicapper, C. Mandeville: clerk of course, L. Patrick: starter, W. Newman: marksmen, E. Boyfield. A Taylor, A. Pal- mer, W. Ward: Competitors’ stewards, M Cox: number board steward. P. Toseland: prize steward, S. Hawthorne: Press steward R. Grainger; obstacle stewards, F. Dicks A. Palmer, D. Cooper, W. Neville, W. Ward W. Grainger, P. Toseland: hon, secretary. C.W. Wittering. The Gala Committee was also Indebted for the use of the decorated coach lent by Mr. Brock Nichols (Finedon); floodlighting. Senior Motors (Finedon), Ltd.: dresses for Carnival Queens made by Mrs. FP. Drogs and Mrs. J. Northern; bouquets by Mr. Cole, and to the chairman of the Carnival Queen Committee, Mrs. R. Boxwell, and the hon. secretary, Miss Phyllis Perrett.
The Gala Committee officials are: Chairman, Mr. A. Palmer: vice-chairman. Mr. L Palmer: treasurer. Coun. O. Tailby: hon. general secretary, Mr. F. W. Matthews. Mr. Harold Timson, of Burton Latimer kindly lent a caravan for the use of the treasurer, and electrical loudspeaking equipment for announcements and music was provided by Messrs. E. Clark and Co. of Burton Latimer. Their mobile sound unit also assisted the district collectors on Friday night.