Marton Methodist Church - Newspaper Article

Publication: The Lancashire Daily Post

Date: Wednesday September 4 1935

Page: 5

Title: Marton All Colour and Bustle: Rose Queen Crowning and Fete

1935 newspaper cutting about the Rose Queen crowning and fete at Marton Methodist Church

Marton village, in the heart of the Fylde, was a picture of colour and bustle this morning, when the annual pageant and sports were held.

Through the country lanes children and grown-ups in gay costumes made their way to the centre of activities – the Parish Church of St Nicholas. Here were motors and farm lorries transformed for the procession, with tableaux representing country life and topical happenings. Outside the Church School at Little Marton, the procession had its beginning, joining up with other children at Marton Methodist Church and then making its way to St Nicholas’ Church where the crowing of the Rose Queen was performed by Mrs Lawford of Preesall.

In a field behind the school there was a fair and a band added to the spirit of the fete.

Miss Mary Healey was the new queen elected by the scholars at St Nicholas, the retiring queen being Miss Barbara Lawson of Little Marton. They were accompanied by the 1933 queen, Miss Dorothy Carr, of Marton Wesleyan School. The procession was marshalled by Mr W. Hughes, who has carried out those duties since the fete was inaugurated.

Decorated motor lorry or motor van for transport of children in procession: Moss Side Methodists.

Decorated horse-drawn vehicle, ditto: R G Thompson, Mythop.

Tableau mounted on motor or horse-drawn vehicle: 1. Moss Side Methodists, 2. St Nicholas, 3. R. G. Thompson.

Tableau on foot: 1. St Nicholas’ Girls Club.

Tradesman’s exhibit: 1. R. G. Thompson, 2. R. Ainsworth. 3. Redfern Bros., St Annes.

Decorated cycle, adult: 1. C. Perkins, 2. F. Braithwaite.

Character on horseback: Miss Ditchfield.

Most handsome driver (special): T. Ronson.

Character costume (open): 1. Mr Brogden, 2. Mrs M. Ward, 3. Mrs Hill.

Character costume, lady or gent. Resident in late civil parish of Marton: 1. Mrs Lister, 2. F. Cartmell, 3. R. Perkins.

Neatest and prettiest costume, children under seven: 1. Audrey Sheila Fish, 2. Joyce Constance Fish, 3. Mary Rawcliffe.

Best and neatest costume, children 7 to 14: 1. Winson Dawson, 2. Stanley Seed, 3. Mary Bailey.

Comic costume: Robert Walton.

Fancy paper dress, children 14: 1: Norma Douglas, 2. K. Braithwaite, 3. V. Price.

Decorated children’s cycle or tricycle: 1. Norman Bamber, 2. Jack Clarkson, 3. Alice Webster.

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