Whitsun fete, 1932

There was no Flower Show in 1932, and the fete organised by the British Legion provided some alternative entertainment. Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was famous for flying solo to Australia in 1930, and was a friend of Captain Rattray of the Old Homestead, Church Street.

We haven't identified any photos of this fete. Has anyone got any?

Buckingham Advertiser, 21 May 1932

Winslow was en fete on Whit-Monday, the Winslow Branch of the British Legion having arranged an enterprising programme of entertainments, beginning shortly after noon and ending in the early hours of the following morning …
The Wolverton Town Silver Prize Band, who had been engaged for the occasion, looked very smart in their green and gold uniforms, when they were assembled on the Square, playing attractive music as the fancy dress competitors arrived…

Cries of amusement and excitement greeted the appearance, down the High Street, of Chasewater Charlie, the celebrated Cornish cycling clown, riding aloft on a high wheel.  His cycling antics round the Square on a variety of eccentric models gave great delight…

The fete was held in the field, facing Winslow Hall. This had kindly been lent for the occasion by Mr. N McCorquodale O.B.E.…

The competitors made a capital show when they lined up for judging in the grounds. There was plenty of variety and there were a few topical allusions…There was “Come to the Fair,” characterised by a little girl, who appeared as a living “Merry-go-round,” with her headdress forming the canopy, horses and carriages suspended by coloured ribbons, dancing around her frock, and a musical box making the orchestraphone.  There was a huntsman with horn, there was an elpin hussar, there was a demure little nun sharing in the gaiety in company with a Victorian Lady.

AMY JOHNSON AS BRIDE
Miss Amy Johnson appeared as a bride with a delightfully youthful bridegroom. An entry called “The Mean(s) Test,” presented a tragic picture, “Spring,” gave visions of the lovely flowers of the present season.  There was a live doll that said “Mama,” and there were several other attractive entries, a number of which gained prizes.

The Hon. Ruth Hubbard, Mrs MacDonald and Miss Stacey, who had kindly consented to act as judges for the fancy dress competitions, were confronted with a difficult task.  The awards were as follows:- Adults: 1. Miss Norman (“buy British Goods”): 2. Mr. W. Vicars (“The Means Test): 3. Miss Long (“Question Mark”). Children under 14:- 1. E. Rolfe (“Rubbish Heap”): 2. Maud Tucker (Spring): 3. Jean Berry (Doll): Consolation prize, Jocelyn Rowe (Victorian Lady). Tiny Tots.- 1. George Berry (Golly): 2. Derrick Rowe (Soldier): 3 Jean Young (“Come to the Fair”) and Mavis Byford (Herald.)…

[There was also a dog show, side show, a race for British Legion members and children’s sports]

There was then a dance in the Oddfellows’ Hall and for this Sid Tester’s Band proved very popular.

The organisation of the fete had been in the hands of an enterprising committee headed by Mr. E. Byford, who had put some indefatigible [sic] work into the arrangements, his task having been increased by the deeply regretted death, a week before the fete was held, of Mr. Clarke, the secretary of the Entertainments Committee of the Winslow Legion.  The members of the committee were Messrs. E. Byford (chairman), A. Keys, H. Saunders, A.J. Illing, Clarke, L. Page, Hancock, H. Hamp, C. Parrott, C. Keadle, R. Tucker and H. Willis, who had willing assistance from members of the branch.  Messrs. Goss (secretary), Hamp and Boots were in charge of the admission.

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