Highlights and Events

By Hazel Easterbrook (Sackett)

Highlights and Events – The Festival of Britain took place in 1951 and I can recall visiting London to see the sights with Mum and Dad.

It was reasonable day weather wise but was extremely crowded and everything had to be queued up for.  I can remember the Skylon a cigar shaped silvery edifice and the Dome of Discovery, which was an exhibition hall, lots of red, white and blue flowers and flags from many nations.

Another memorable happening was the Coronation Celebrations in the summer of 1956.  Each child in Ashwell was given a Coronation mug; sports and a fancy dress competition and parade were held on the Rec, there was a tea for all the kids held in the Maltings at the bottom of Station Road opposite the War Memorial. 

We sat at long trestle tables and had a very good tea of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits with jelly and ice cream.  There was to have been dancing in the High Street but this was cancelled as rain had set in and the dance was held in the Village Hall. 

Colin Sackett recalls the school having a thermometer painted on the wall as fund raising took place to pay for all the celebrations.  As money came in he used to climb up a ladder to paint in a further red line on the thermometer.

Each year there was a Gymkhana in Fordham’s field, which was a great village occasion.  Peter and Anthony Burrows were on the gate one year taking the entrance money, I can’t remember if we got in for free! 

When Colin was in the top year at Ashwell School he went on the annual school camp to West Mersey and all the parents were invited to visit on the middle weekend. 

We travelled down by coach and I can remember it was a very hot sunny day, when I got sunburned for the first time in my life.  We had a lunch supplied by the camp kitchen and I can recall having hot boiled ham, which was very fatty along with potatoes.

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