|Newspaper cutting donated by Vince Grove|
Seven shapely pairs of legs, clad in immaculate hose, protruded from a veiled cart which toured Burton Latimer on Saturday afternoon. The legs belonged to local girls who were advertising stockings, and Burtonians amused themselves by running into the roadway and tickling the unshod feet of the living "advertisement."
The cart figured in the Co-operative parade which made a circuit of the town as a preliminary to the annual Co-operative tea, flower show and children's sports.
The parade was led by Kettering Fuller Mission Band, and in the procession were a number of Co-operative visitors from the neighbouring towns, fancy dress competitors, a number of ingenious trade displays mounted on carts, and the Queen of the event, Joan Bugby, aged 10, and her youthful retinue.
There were four classes for competitors, and almost all of them favoured costumes illustrating Co-operative products.
One little girl, who had browned herself all over, had an effective native costume with straw skirt and sandals.
A bus loaded with children too young to walk in the procession brought up the rear.
After the parade the children were entertained to tea in the Preston Hall, and the Co-operative Hall, and the visitors from neighbouring societies were entertained to tea in the Co-operative Boardroom.
Councillor S. Mason (president of the Burton Latimer Co-operative Society) presided, supported by Mr. A. A. Grove (managing secretary). Mr. Mason welcomed the guests in a few well-chosen words, referring in the course of his speech to the progress made during the year by the various departments of the Society.
Mr. A. Cole, of the Kettering Society, replied with congratulations on behalf of the guests on the Burton Society's increase of business.
Councillor W. Batty also made a short speech. His grandfather was a former president of the Grantham Society, and in keeping in touch with the Burton Society the speaker was continuing the family association with the movement.
A QUEEN'S SPEECH
After tea the flower show in the Scouts' hut was declared open by little Joan Bugby, aged ten, the Co-operators' Day Queen.
Earlier in the proceedings she was ceremonially crowned in South Avenue by Mrs. Batty, and proved herself equal to reading quite long speeches.
In opening the flower show she said: "Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it is my royal pleasure and command that these doors be declared open to my loyal subjects; and I would express the wish that you will be as loyal to your Society as you are in your great efforts to reap the fruits of nature. I earnestly hope that you will all receive pleasure and profit from this fine display today."
The show was pronounced an excellent one, considering the dryness of the weather. The results were as follows:
Cut flowers 1 W Turner, 2 W. York (Finedon), 3 A. Munday; begonias: 1 C. Fenton, 2 W. Turner, 3 J. Payne; vegetables: 1 W. Turner (and special for best vegetable exhibit) 2 C. Mould; potatoes: 1 W. Turner. 2 W Mould, 3 F Webb; tomatoes: 1 H. Coles, 2 W Turner, 3 B Bennett; cucumbers: 1 A. Reynolds, 2. B. Bennett, 3 W. Turner.
Vase of flowers: 1 Miss N. York, 2 Miss W Munday, 3 Mrs. J. Sharp; table decoration: 1 Mrs. F. Evans, 2 Miss N. York; fruit cake: 1 Mrs. Saddington, 2 Mrs. Norton; small pastries:
Wild flowers (boys): 1 C Catling, 2 J Arnold, 3. D. Underwood: girls: 1
The procession fancy dress awards were: Boys under 9. 1 R. Saddington. 2
The children's sports results were as follows : Flat race, girls 4-8: 1. B. Whiteman, 2. E. Evans, 3. V. Murch; flat race, girls 8-10: 1. J. Whiteman, 2. M. Beeby, 3. J. Lowe; flat race, girls 10-12: 1. M. Jones, 2. E. Clipson, 3. I.
Spoon cleaning, girls: 1. C. Knowles, 2. J. Whiteman, 3. E. Dicks; boot cleaning, boys: 1. C. Ashby, 2. G. Neville, 3. W. Simmonds. flat race, boys 4-8: 1. A. Brown, 2. P. Jones. 3. W. Grimm; flat race, boys 8-10: 1. W. Simmonds, 2. J. Brown, 3. G. Whitney; flat race, boys 10-12: 1. R. Clipson, 2. B. Welsh, 3. W. Fowler; flat race, boys 12-14: 1. N. Miller, 2. E. Valentine. 3. G. Neville.
Entertainments were given during the afternoon by Mr. P. Essex (
The officials for the sports were Messrs.W. Coles, W. Knight. T. Lawson. J. Munn, C. Hicks. A. Palmer, and W. Sturman: for the procession, Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Braines, and Mrs. Crossley. Catering was in the hands of the Burton Latimer branch of the Co-operative Women's Guild.
Various committees capably carried out the arrangements, and those who undertook secretarial duties were Messrs. W. I Knight. A. Jacobs. T. Crossley, H. B. Johnson, and L. Underwood
Bouquets for the queen and her attendants were given by Mr. Sydney Smith.