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Burton Elects Gala Queen

From the Evening Telegraph Saturday April 28 1934

BURTON LATIMER elected its first Carnival Queen on Friday night – a Queen who will preside over the hospital gala to be held in June. The honour has fallen to Miss Megan White, a pretty 20-years-old brunette.

The Queen will be crowned with great ceremony the night preceding the gala, in the gardens of Mrs. Preston’s house. There were 19 candidates, all of whom were single.

Nearly 300 people crowded into Burton Latimer Council Schools, and the selection of the queen and her maids of honour was a task that needed considerable organisation. So packed was the room that the parade of 19 candidates for the honour had to take place twice, at each end of the room.

The inspection over, Burton registered its vote for the Queen – 896 votes were cast. Councillor W. Batty (Chairman of the Gala Committee) announced that the vote revealed that the Queen would be Miss Megan White, of 61, Spencer-street.

Mr. Batty stated that the following were elected as maids of honour: Miss Ethel Winkle, 21, Church-street; Miss G. Fox, of 15 Alexandra-street; and Miss Ruby Payne, of 5, Spencer-street. Miss Phyllis Buckby, of 30, East-avenue, was the next highest in the “poll,” and will be reserve maid of honour.

The election took place after a whist drive had been held after a dance for which music was supplied by Cuttell’s band, Finedon. The M.Cs. for the dance were Messers. L. Underwood and Leslie Batty. Mr. O. Tailby acted as M.C. for the whist drive, in which 13 tables were occupied. The winners were: 1 Mrs A. Cook, 2 Mrs. A.G. Green, 3 Mrs. E. Saddington, 4 (tie) Mr. Smart and Mr. F. Dicks. The booby was won by Mrs. Viccars.

A “gate” competition was won by Miss Hill (Finedon), but the second prize (89) was not claimed.

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