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Fancy dress at 1950s West Bromwich school summer fete

By dan shaw  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

  • Pupils in fancy dress at the Lyng Infants and Junior School summer fete

  • Mavis with friends Margaret Pitt and Gillian Sedge

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BACK in April, in Bugle 1078, author and historian Terry Price gave us a selection of pictures taken at the summer fete at Lyng Infants and Junior School, West Bromwich, in 1957.

One of the pupils in those pictures was Mavis White of Aldridge and she has given to us these further pictures taken on the day.

As well as the sack race, egg and spoon race and skipping race the highlight of the day appears to have been a fancy dress competition.

Many ingenious costumes were taken out and dusted off and we wonder where some of the children found their finery.

Mavis can be seen in several of the pictures, dressed as a gipsy flower girl, with headscarf, shawl and bright, striped skirt and her basket of wares.

Costumes

In the picture at top left Mavis is joined by Diane Hunt, dressed as an Edwardian lady in a long skirt and with basket of flowers, and Margaret Pitt as the Queen of Hearts from the nursery rhyme, complete with tray of tarts.

In the picture at top right Mavis’ mother stands alongside teacher Mrs Phelps as she keeps an eye on the running order.

Mavis and Margaret pose for the camera in another picture, joined by Gillian Sedge in traditional Welsh costume.

Mavis can name another girl, in the picture at bottom left: Gaynor Leadbrook, who stands fourth from right.

Mavis’ last picture shows the headmaster of the school, Mr Dodd, sitting in his shirtsleeves on an improvised stage of cinder blocks.

Lyng Junior School opened in 1877 in temporary accommodation in the Lyng Primitive Methodist Chapel Sunday School. It moved to purpose built premises in Sams Lane in 1880. The buildings were extended in 1881, when the girls school was added, in 1883 and again in 1911. However, the school was demolished in 1966 during the redevelopment of the area.

l Do you recognise any more of these Lyng school pupils or their teachers? Contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write to the usual address.

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