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Title: whit walks
Post by: margaretmakinson on May 22, 2012, 10:58 PM
Does anyone remember the Whit Walks when they were on Whit Friday.  The number of churches which took part and the fact that Ashton Market was packed with people.  The wonderful sound of the bands on Stamford Street and the crowds of people watching.  Some of them had been there for hours, taking their place on deck chairs with their flasks and sandwiches.  I used to walk with Waterloo Christ Church Sunday School - we would walk all the way into Ashton from Waterloo and we had one of the longest walks.  On the way back the very youngest pupils would be taken back to the school in a coach.  Does anyone remember it as fondly as I do.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Kiwi on May 23, 2012, 02:09 AM
Hi Margaret, welcome aboard.

There's a large thread on the topic if you click Here (http://forum.ashton-under-lyne.com/index.php?topic=71.0)

I vaguely remember marching* around Droylsden with the Brussel Sprouts Band and blowing a very off-key bugle, you could possibly have heard it over in Ashton  ;)



*They weren't very good at it, I was the only one in step  ;)
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on May 23, 2012, 09:09 AM
Hi Margret hope you have lots of happy hours on this site. As Kiwi says there is a thread going on this site. On the 17th of June I will give my yearly Report on the walks. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: margaretmakinson on May 26, 2012, 08:06 PM
Can someone let me knowwhen this years walks are taking place.  I last turned up for them was in 2000 (I think) the old memory's not as good as it should be.  I always walked with Waterloo Christ Church Sunday School and was on the big banner from 1961 to 1966.  I became a Sunday School teacher and attended the Sunday School until 1970.  I moved away to Bury and turned up for the Whit Walks every year until 2000.  My daughter was on the big banner 1989 and my son (now aged 23) carried the primary banner in the 1990's.  I used to attend the Whit Friday Band Contests with my friends from Tintwistle Brass Band and also Newton Heath Brass Band.  My dad last did the walk in 2000 at the age of 85 and I have a picture of him at the Sunday School.  He only managed to walk a little of the way but I was proud of him.  His name was Harry Broughton and my mum, Mary Broughton (who died in 1998) was a staunch supporter of the walks.  Mrs. Andrews was one of Christ Church's leading lights. 
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on May 27, 2012, 07:37 AM
17th of June It is also Fathers day it as fell like this for the last few years. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Too shy on May 27, 2012, 03:58 PM
Can someone let me knowwhen this years walks are taking place. 

Also, let's not forget that there are walks in other parts of the district and that, in Mossley, we have the only remains of the Whit Walks tradition, where the churches continue to walk on Whit Friday and haven't bowed to the pressure to break with convention and walk on the Sunday. What's wrong with churches in the rest of Tameside? If it can still be done in a backwater like Mossley (and also in Saddleworth for that matter) then surely the churches in the larger towns like Ashton, Hyde and Stalybridge can muster up sufficient numbers to keep the Whit Friday tradition alive. Some churches should hang their heads in shame. My old church in Dukinfield, Crescent Road Congs, broke away completely some years ago when the minister said that it was an outdated tradition which had no place in the modern church. I don't believe they've walked since - certainly not as part of a united walk of witness. Staying in Dukinfield, this year will be the last year that St Lukes walk, as the church has been deemed too badly in need of repair and at too costly a price so the church is destined to close. This follows rapidly on the heels of St Raphael's at Millbrook where similar problems have led to the closure of a well-attended centre of Christian faith.

When I hear people of no faith referring to Whit Friday as the day of the band contests I politely remind then that the bands are purely incidental and that they are missing the "bigger picture".
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: chrisandangie on May 27, 2012, 04:55 PM
There have been loads of road closures today for whit walks, in all the boroughs of Tameside  ;D
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on May 27, 2012, 05:53 PM
It is the Policing that as broke the walks up and firms stopping Whit Friday as a days hols. We were given the slot for so many years then we were changing to Trinity Sunday but lots of people in the Churches liked the date as it did not clash with school holidays. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: margaretmakinson on May 27, 2012, 08:12 PM
Actually Too Shy I was very upset when the Walks moved from Whit Friday.  Didn't quite know the reason but I am pleased to hear that Mossley and Saddleworth are still upholding the true tradition.  The whole procession of witness took place on Whit Friday for a reason and why we used to have to wear white to take a ribbon on the big banner.  Now colours of all hues are in evidence.  When I asked at the Sunday School they admit they cannot dictate what children wear otherwise they would lose even more of the procession.  From what Fudge was saying about the policing and Chrisandangie speaking about road closures I suppose the logistics of diverting traffic and closing roads in Ashton, when processions were coming from various directions were a bit of a nightmare.  However I don't see how much difference it would be from Whit Friday to the Sunday but then I don't have it all to do.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on May 28, 2012, 09:28 AM
I use to like dressing up for the walks. But the young ones seem to like casual these days. But I don't think it matters what you were you are showing people that the Church is still alive and some of them young ones are there most Sundays I can speak for Charlestown the young ones  do a lot of things for the Church and the take stick from there mates at school but still come. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on May 28, 2012, 07:26 PM
We used to have new clothes every Whitsun. Don't know how my mother managed it with four of us! People used to run out into the procession to pop a few pennies into your pocket ' for your new clothes'. I was asked to pick some flowers for one of the floats in the Waterloo Methodist procession. I picked wild garlic ( well it did have pretty white flowers) and couldn't understand why they were objected to. Used to love Whit Fridays. We walked in the morning , went back to Sunday school for a glass of milk and a raspberry bun, then back in the afternoon for a sports day, sack race, egg and spoon etc
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Assheton on May 28, 2012, 08:42 PM
Hello Margaret and welcome to the group. I remember very well walking on Whit Friday. In the days before the united procession, the non conformist chapels walked in the morning and the Anglican churches in the afternoon. For both walks the market ground would be full of people for the service and the crowds lining the streets would be five and six deep. I used to love 'walking' and miss taking part now that I live away from Ashton. I can still taste those raspberry buns and I can hear the band playing Onward Christian Soldiers on Stamford St and the people on the pavement singing along! Happy and glorious days!

I am very sad to hear about St Luke's Dukinfield. A lovely building, designed by a local architect in Ashton who also designed the Library if memory serves!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on May 29, 2012, 07:46 AM
I too remember the Whit walks, I think the Catholic churches did their walk on a different day ? Whatever day it was I remember Stamford St being full , I was with the maids of Honour 3 times running , from 5 years old to 7 years old . Our dresses were made by a seamstress who lived on Ladbrooke Lane , they were always long , but very pretty we had posies to hold and hair peices made from flowers , we all wore lace cotton gloves which became full of threpenny bits and sixpencies by the end of the walk . Then we would go to mass at St Mary's. We were't allowed to eat anything while we were walking , fasting so we could receive communion , I was starving and nibbled at my crocuses in my posy , then one of the church ladies saw me and gave me a sweet !!!I think they were precious days that should be maintained if possible ...
 The dresses were recycled ,by being shortened and worn at school !!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: greeny on May 29, 2012, 11:13 AM
hi it was a big thing the whit walks but it as dwindled away to what it once was , love to walk as a nipper walked with christ church then we made our way  to gather in parish church at the rear for a service , i also remember gathering outside christ church school on oldham road a cannon jhonson would thank us after for a good turn out then we went in the school for our bun and drink of milk , we always went on the sunday after to watch the catholics the use to have pipe bands which i thought were great and the poles and ukraine in  there national costumes ,we always stood on stamford street to watch the walks ,opposite the chapel on the corner of warrington street ,it was like a family gathering happy days
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on May 29, 2012, 12:18 PM
I was once describing our whit walks to my friend who was a Glasgow lass, she mentioned them to her mum who said if the Catholics had been allowed to walk in Glasgow there would have been a riot!!(they were Catholics btw)
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Jules2 on May 29, 2012, 03:27 PM


As a child, I walked on Trinity Sunday for St. Ann's and, then when we moved and changed parishes, for St. Christopher's.  I loved the brass bands and getting dressed up in white.  I remember the Benediction Services held after the walks when we would all give a very hearty rendition of the hymn 'Faith of Our Father's'.  It is still one of my favourite hymns.
The photo is of me (on the far left) circa 1960, holding one of the ribbons on St. Christopher's banner, walking down Stamford Street.  I think 'The Reporter' used to take lots of photos which you could purchase from them.  They used to display them in glass boxes outside their offices and it was great fun to see if you were in any of them each year.  I also recall 'The Reporter' would have a couple of pages full of pictures too.

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Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Jules2 on May 29, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Does this bring back any memories for you Pamela?  St. Christopher's May Queen 1960/61?  I can't remember which year.  My brother is carrying the cushion.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on May 29, 2012, 06:17 PM
Jules yes that brings back memories , one of the train bearers looks like a boy in my class at St Mary's called Stephen Drath , I could be wrong , I might have been one of the girls behind the queen , I had very blond hair tied back in a ribbon . Funnily enough after reading about the Whit walks the hymn "Faith of our Fathers" had been buzzing around in my head today !!That hymn scared me to death  and it still does , the image of these poor people suffering "Our fathers chained in prisons dark were still in heart and consious free, how sweet would be our fate if we could die for thee!! " tell me that doesn't bring up images of poor people who were tortured and killed in the middle ages , just for being Catholic
   . But it certainly was a very good show , one of the ladies here on the board's father was a standard bearer , they had to be strong didn't they , they had leather belt with a pocket at the front where the pole was held, what is your brother's name ?
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Assheton on May 29, 2012, 09:29 PM
I remember Father Kelly walking with St Christopher's, a jolly chap.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Jules2 on May 30, 2012, 01:04 AM
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Father Kelly, photo taken July 1961.  I don't remember him very well but at least I wasn't frightened of him!  I remember that he used to own a Boxer dog.  Yes, Pamela, it is one of the Drath boys, I was in a class with his older brother at St. Mary's.  My brother's name is Charles (hi Charles if you're reading this) you remember him going to Australia and writing back about cooking an egg on the  hot concrete.  I agree, the words of the hymn are quite horrific when just read.  I probably didn't take too much notice of them as a child and just enjoyed the singing.  I'll probably have the tune in my head all day now!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Assheton on May 30, 2012, 09:11 AM
Nice to see a picture of Fr Kelly and wearing a biretta too! Those were the days!!!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on May 30, 2012, 12:44 PM
RIP father Kelly , the pic must have been taken in the garden outside his house beneath the church, I recall it was a very modern style house and so was St Christophers in those days .Remember his tupee? His hair in younger days must have been ginger , and the tuppee was ginger with wisps of grey hair underneath.
    Yes Jules I know you now!!! A very good picture of Charles , lovely wavy blond hair, as I remember him . Do you remember Father Kelly blessing cars etc ?My brother took his bike to be blessed and I took my scooter !!!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: wombat on May 30, 2012, 01:23 PM
Jules / Pamela

Those pictures take me back. At about the same time I was the cushion bearer at the St Mary's procession. The young lady who was the May Queen that year was the (delightful) Susan Ridgeway.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on May 30, 2012, 03:08 PM
Wombat , I had a friend called Susan Ridgeway , she was a year younger than me, we both went to St Mary's school and I used to go to her house for lunch cos I wouldn't stay for school dinners . She lived with her granma and dad on Conway crescent , near Oakfold. She was a very pretty petite girl with dark curly hair , is that the same girl ??
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 31, 2012, 12:03 AM
Ours was Father Elliot.
I remember the double pages of pictures in the Reporter.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: herby on June 14, 2012, 03:35 AM
Hi Pamela
                   That would be my Cousin Annies daughter My Aunty (My Fathers Sister)she would be Susans Grandma used to live in Connery Crescent. she used to live in Tatton St. I also remember Father Kelly with the red head he used to come to our house when he was at St Marys's telling us we should go to St Marys for mass as we lived in St Mary's parish.I went to St Anns school and got the cane if we didn't go to mass there    herby 
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on June 14, 2012, 06:28 AM
Hi Herby , I heard this story while working at Ashton General ... Father Kelly was around seeing the patients and stopped a doctor who was Indian , and asks him what religion he was , the doc says "I,m Parci"  so Father Kelly says(thinking he said RC)" why haven,t you been to church , I expect to see you next Sunday !"poor guy was too embarassed to say anything ..
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on June 14, 2012, 10:09 AM
Hope the weather is nice on Sunday for the walks Charlestown is Celebrating 150 years this July and are having a banner made special for the walks, I also know people in Canon Johnson and Canon Burrows Rose Queen Retinues. Will give a full account on Sunday  weather permitting Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Assheton on June 14, 2012, 07:21 PM
I hope the weather is good for you Fudge. Dry and bright would be nice with not too much breeze for the big banners. I hope you will give us your usual report on the walks!! Best of luck to the walkers!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: herby on June 15, 2012, 08:47 AM
Hi Pamela
                   Sorry Susan was my cousin Johns daughter not Annies she lived with my uncle Charlie and aunty Sissy on Connery Cresent when John got divorced. Blame it on old age it's been a while since last time I saw any of them.          herby
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 17, 2012, 03:37 PM
Went down to watch the Whit walks, now known as The Annual United Procession of the Churches of Ashton under Lyne. I did a bit of filming as I usually do, one question, should I name the film "Whit Walks" or "The Annual United Procession of the Churches of Ashton under Lyne", I will go with the majority vote.

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on June 17, 2012, 04:27 PM
Well After a dull start to the day as the walks left the car park the sun came out. The wals seem to get smaller each year.
1 St James
2 Carlestown
3 Albion U R C  Behind them was a small group of Hurst Churches
4 St Gabriel's
5 St Michael's with Gospel Church
6 St Peter's
7 Christ Church Canon Johnson's
8 Christ Church Canon Burrows with Waterloo Methodist behind
There were some lovely Queens with there Retinue's and some pretty dresses
But there were lots walking in casual clothes.
The bands were in full form playing a mixture of tunes.
This years hymns were All people that on earth do dwell.
I like to build the world a home
and Your hands O God, have guided
Guest Rt Hon. D.Heyes, MP and Mrs Heynes.
Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Brenda Warrington and Graham Warrington Consort
The Service ended with God Save The Queen.
They then moved of to walk down Stamford St not many watching along the way.
Martin was out with his Camera and it looks like Vanesa as had her Camera out looking forward to phote's Fudge

Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Denise on June 17, 2012, 04:36 PM
Went down to watch the Whit walks, now known as The Annual United Procession of the Churches of Ashton under Lyne. I did a bit of filming as I usually do, one question, should I name the film "Whit Walks" or "The Annual United Procession of the Churches of Ashton under Lyne", I will go with the majority vote. Vanessa

Hi Vanessa,  I'm all for 'Ashton Whit Walks 2012'. If someone's searching YouTube, easier to locate than 'The Annual United Procession' etc...   Looking forward to your video as always.  I walked on the banner at Ashton Parish Church each year until I was 18.  Denise.   :)

Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on June 17, 2012, 05:07 PM
Thanks for update on the Whit Walks, Fudge.
Vanessa- Whit Walks, Ashton Under Lyne would get most hits on Youtube I should think.
Looking forward to the photos/video
Used to walk every Whit Friday with waterloo Methodists.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Martin on June 17, 2012, 05:52 PM
A few photos can be seen here:
http://forum.ashton-under-lyne.com/index.php?topic=1295
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 17, 2012, 11:52 PM
Here's the video

http://youtu.be/TzTF527rSwI

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Dannyx6 on June 18, 2012, 05:54 AM
Hi Fudge,

Many thanks for your program. I always walked with Hurst Nook, don't know if they walked this year? Started on the Ropes in the Primary Section going onto the Basket and various other things over theyears. Later onto the Big Banner. Remember all the boys and men who used to struggle most years with the banners pulling everyone everywhich way. Walked up Nook Lane, Hurst Cross to the Cedar Park Spare ground where everyone gathered. Next down Queens Road and into the Infirmary Grounds. Another service took place there. After that, down Mossley Road, Along Curzon Road and back up Kings Road, how many little girls had heel blisters with their new white shoes rubbing after such a long walk. We all thoroughly enjoyed it though, long white dresses and flowers of every description. All the flowers used to be delivered to Hurst Nook Sunday School before the walk so that we were all regimentally sorted out with the same varieties. At the end of the Walks, we would go back to Hurst Nook Sunday School and have Raspberry Buns and either milk or Creaming Soda (What a treat) All this occured on White Fridays. On the Sunday the Catholic Churches walked and we would all turn out to watch them, run into the walks and give three penny bits or sixpences. It is one of the fondest memories I have of my growing up. Its a shame they should want to change its name. At least some people still turn out even though not in such  profusion as used to be. Thank you all again for the Videos and Photographs.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on June 18, 2012, 09:06 AM
Hi Danny Hurst have had no walks for the last few year. But as you see there is a Hurst of mixed Churches behind Albion. I Know quite a few from Hurst Nook and Hurst Methodist were walking and I also think some of St Johns were with them. I just hope they don't stop in Ashton. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 18, 2012, 01:26 PM
Fudge, do you know Alice Kane, she lives just down the road from me and went to Gatefield School with my mum, I can see her on the video at the front of Christ Church. I know her late husband was the Christ Church organist.

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Fudge on June 18, 2012, 04:26 PM
Yes I know Alice Sheila and Phil pick her up every Thursday for choir practice. I see her on Wednesday sometimes shopping in Marks. Fudge
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on June 18, 2012, 05:16 PM
Good to see the whit walks in Vanessa's video. The bands brought a tear to my eye. Of course, the procession is so much smaller than it used to be. Waterloo Methodist always walked on Whit Friday morning. I started off in the Beginners class of the Sunday school, holding on to he ropes, then moved up to primary and junior classes, holding a ribbon on the various floats which had passages from the Bible on them. Finally, as a teenager holding a ribbon on the 'big' banner. The men had to be strong to hold the banner as it was so often windy. I have some old cine film ( now on DVD) of the Whit WAlks in Waterloo in the 60s. We used to meet up with Oaken Clough Wesleyans by the top 'Dog', then back down Oldham road to Kelvin Ave, along Taunton rd, meeting Taunton Methodists at the War Memorial. In the film, my brother, who was in the Boys Brigade, lays a wreath. I have many fond memories of those times...one of the highlights of my year as a child. Strange how we all had raspberry buns at the end!! Sme bakery in Ashton must have churned them out specially!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Martin on June 18, 2012, 08:41 PM
Dare I ask what a raspberry bun is?
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 18, 2012, 08:48 PM
You don't know what a raspberry bun is  :o. Hard to described, soft, moist and spongey, a bit on the flat side, they had a hollow in the top where there was a blob of raspberry jam, jummy. Does anyone know where you can buy them now, I've been looking for ages.

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Too shy on June 18, 2012, 08:55 PM
Dare I ask what a raspberry bun is?

Martin, I think you're having us on. It could only be a bun with raspberry jam in the middle. Now, don't tell us you've never had one. Be warned, if you do say that you've never had one, you'll be sent boxes and boxes of them for weeks to come.

PS Buns are, seemingly, becoming things of the past. Due to the American influence on British culture, some bakery firms are now calling them muffins and buns have become men's bottoms. What kind of a world are we living in?
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Martin on June 18, 2012, 10:01 PM
Dare I ask what a raspberry bun is?

Martin, I think you're having us on.

Don't forget that I'm a comer-in, so I wasn't brought up on whit walks and raspberry buns! Are they like fairy cakes?
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 18, 2012, 10:10 PM
Nothing like fairy cakes, think of a very soft drop scone but more spongy, oval in shape, about an inch thick, a good 4 inches long, a small hollow filled with jam, the bun is lightly glazed. Now I'm really desperate to have one  :(

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Too shy on June 19, 2012, 12:00 AM
Nothing like fairy cakes, think of a very soft drop scone but more spongy, oval in shape, about an inch thick, a good 4 inches long, a small hollow filled with jam, the bun is lightly glazed. Now I'm really desperate to have one  :(

Vanessa

I think Vanessa's description just reinforces the fact that we all see things rather differently. I would have described a bun as the kind of eatable that mum always used to make in a (paper?) bun case (don't the Americans call them cup cakes?). Not too big, although big enough to go into your gob in one go when you were swigging it down with a small (school size) bottle of milk at Crescent Road Congs, Dukinfield after a typical Whit Friday.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Ashtonian54 on June 19, 2012, 01:53 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00fzqxl (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00fzqxl)

raspberry buns recipe
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Dannyx6 on June 19, 2012, 07:15 AM
 ;D There you go Vanessa!, both Bill And Ashtonian have got it right. Could practically reach out and eat one!!! Hope you enjoy baking them, I am going to put a batch in now! :D

The Americans MUFFIN appears to have stole the name of our English BUNS. We were brought up on BUNS, Fairy Buns, Vanilla Buns, Currant Buns  - Fat Cake and Eccles Cakes.  Here in Oz, everything is now a MUFFIN. I love to be difficult and ask for a BUN!!!!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on June 19, 2012, 11:52 AM
OOH!  Fatcake....using up last little bits of pastry after making batch of pies, you fold the pastry over a filling of raisins, or sultanas, roll it out fairly thickly and bake.  Yum!!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Too shy on June 19, 2012, 12:09 PM
OOH!  Fatcake....using up last little bits of pastry after making batch of pies, you fold the pastry over a filling of raisins, or sultanas, roll it out fairly thickly and bake.  Yum!!!

Mum used to always make fatcake. Now, that's the stuff to give the troops!!

While we're at it, anyone for drippin' on toast?
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on June 19, 2012, 06:47 PM
"Drippin' on Toast"...now that's what I call a real treat, and especially if you can get some of the lovely dark brown jelly in with it too!   ;D ;D
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Jules2 on June 20, 2012, 08:29 AM
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I thought this photo might amuse you.  I'm walking on Trinity Sunday, mid 1950's, when this picture was taken but look at what the photographer has done.  I'm walking on a cobble street but with a huge hand painted garden in the background.  Even my hair, the trimmings on my dress and the flowers I'm holding have been hand coloured.  I'm probably walking down Katherine Street or Stamford Street.

Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on June 20, 2012, 02:20 PM
Gorgeous photo. Jules. Which church di you walk with? My guess is one of the RC churches . I used to envy my friends who went to St Mary 's . They looked lovely all dressed in white.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: pamela on June 20, 2012, 08:37 PM
Jules its a lovely picture , I remember you had very fair hair , I remember seeing a pic of my dad when he was about 6yrs old on the walks , that must have been in 1920, I dont remember where I saw it , most probably at my granmas  , long gone , but I remember he had a big smile and was looking directly at the camera !!!
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Jules2 on June 21, 2012, 02:39 PM
Thank you, Meg and Pamela, for your kind words.  I walked for St. Ann's when we lived in Buttermere Road and then for St. Christopher's when we moved up to Broadoak Road. 

Here are three more photos I've found.

The first of of of St Ann's May Queen and her retinue circa 1918.  My Uncle Bob is one of the page boy on the left.

The second is St. Ann's Queen with her Maids of Honor taken about 1948.  My eldest sister, Linda, is third from the right, looking very sweet.

The third is of the young men and Children of Mary with the statue of Mary, late 1950.  Again, my sister Linda is right behind the girl in the front.

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Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Meg on June 21, 2012, 03:33 PM
Lovely old photos!!   Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Vanessa on June 21, 2012, 03:45 PM
I love these  ;D

Vanessa
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Dannyx6 on June 21, 2012, 07:32 PM
Thank you for sharing Jules, such wonderful memories you must have in these photogoraphs.
Title: Re: whit walks
Post by: Stanny47 on November 15, 2015, 01:35 AM
Thank you, Meg and Pamela, for your kind words.  I walked for St. Ann's when we lived in Buttermere Road and then for St. Christopher's when we moved up to Broadoak Road. 

Here are three more photos I've found.

The first of of of St Ann's May Queen and her retinue circa 1918.  My Uncle Bob is one of the page boy on the left.

The second is St. Ann's Queen with her Maids of Honor taken about 1948.  My eldest sister, Linda, is third from the right, looking very sweet.

The third is of the young men and Children of Mary with the statue of Mary, late 1950.  Again, my sister Linda is right behind the girl in the front.

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St Anns Queen in the 2nd photo taken in 1948 is my sister Joan Stanfield