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May Day Celebrations 1947

annella

By annella

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Recently my dad has been scanning old family photos onto his computer so we can share them. I thought you might like to see some of my favourites that were taken in 1947 of the May Day celebrations when my dad went to Elstow school in Bedfordshire. Elstow village is mainly famous for being the birthplace of John Bunyan.

The first photo shows the procession leaving Elstow school

Making their way through the village this photo shows the floral throne for the May Queen. My dad is the little lad about centre of the pic smiling at the camera

Dad from the last photo but zoomed in

This is my favourite, showing Elstow Abbey, Moot Hall (a beautifully preserved old building) and my dad carrying the first of the Dove cages

Dancing on the Green

Releasing the Doves

One last photo. This was taken in 1961 of dad and me, note the funky wallpaper :o))

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Hi Annie..
I love old photos...
Can you spot similarities with your baby pics and those of Riley ?

27 Feb, 2013

 

Yes I can TT and even more so the photos of Ella and Jamie! I look miserable in this one :o))

27 Feb, 2013

 

Not miserable ...
just thoughtful ..
... and rather chubby-cheeked ;o) x

27 Feb, 2013

 

Very chubby-cheeked!!

27 Feb, 2013

 

:o))) xx

27 Feb, 2013

 

And such wonderful memories to cherish .

Thank you for sharing your wonderful family photos Annela.

27 Feb, 2013

 

Thanks Kath, even though they are black and white the May day ones have a lovely summery feel to them :o))

27 Feb, 2013

 

Fanta stic , what lovely memories and pictures.And, still in such good condition!
Your dad certainly knew how to smile for the camera!

27 Feb, 2013

 

Your Dad looked a very happy little boy, how lovely to see all these old photos, cherish them.......

27 Feb, 2013

bik
Bik
 

Great annie, I like it very much!

27 Feb, 2013

 

I am always fascinated by old photographs, especially family ones, when my dad passed away we had to empty our old family home, it was amazing how many photos there were to sort through, lots of memories brought back to mind..
Thankyou for sharing Annella....

27 Feb, 2013

 

Thats fantastic Annella, how brilliant to have all those pictures, I went to school in bedfordshire too, you used to be able to see the maypoles up on the village greens!

27 Feb, 2013

 

Wonderful photos Annella, dont the children look so well turned out.

27 Feb, 2013

 

Happy memories. May Day was always a very happy time at the village school I attended.
The teachers and parents did a wonderful job organising it all.

28 Feb, 2013

 

Lovely blog Annella....

28 Feb, 2013

 

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed looking at these.

28 Feb, 2013

 

Thanks all. Sticki where did you go to school?

28 Feb, 2013

 

Wow they are lovely photos Annella, I can remember celebrating May Day we always had a May Queen which the school voted on who it was to be. We then had a show, we had dancers and fancy dress and a different theme every year. No one seems to celebrate like we did on Mayday in the olden days. LOL how old am I lol. seems like centuries away at times. lol. Brilliant blog thanks for sharing.

28 Feb, 2013

 

Glad you enjoyed it Olive :o))

28 Feb, 2013

 

3 different schools in bedfordshire:

Denbeigh Road Luton
Aspley Heath Primary, Woburn Sands
Cedars, Leighton Buzzard

28 Feb, 2013

 

There are some lovely villages on the South side of Bedford Sticki, that's where I remember all the Maypoles. Do you know Northill, Ickwell & Old Warden not far from Biggleswade? I used to go to Aspley Heath with an old boyfriend years ago. We worked for Bedford hospital and used to deliver sterile equipment to Daneswood and Edgbury hospitals then we would sneak off for a while!

28 Feb, 2013

 

Old Warden rings a bell and I know of Biggleswade ~ but not well. Aspley Guise was about 2 miles from where I lived!!!

28 Feb, 2013

 

I have just changed my question Sticki please read again Lol!!

28 Feb, 2013

 

oh annella how amazing is that! cant remember edgbury [although names may have changed] but Daneswood i think was next door but one!!! our neighbour was the gardener for daneswood. oh, hold on ~ not sure now ~ was Daneswood right at the top if so that wasnt next door but my sister used to play with the little girl who lived in the lodge house for daneswood. i think we lived next to Homewood? i cant remember the names now ~ will have to check.

so you would have been visiting the woods at the top of the road!!!

28 Feb, 2013

 

I was very familiar with lots of woods in that area!!! The big blue van was hard to hide though Lol x

28 Feb, 2013

 

isnt that funny! we used to play in those woods all day, go on our bikes and make dens.

im sure i remember seeing a big blue van!!!

it would have been around 1964 - 1970 i think thats a bit early for the big blue van!!!

28 Feb, 2013

 

The big blue van was 1977 Sticki and I was 17.....Ahh back in the day :o)))x

28 Feb, 2013

 

1977 oh no! i was long gone!

28 Feb, 2013

 

I just had a quick look online and there are some brilliant old photos of Aspley Heath

28 Feb, 2013

 

wonderful memories :-)))))))))

28 Feb, 2013

 

so enjoyed seeing these photos Anne, brilliant and what a cute baby you were :o))

28 Feb, 2013

 

That's brilliant Annie. Reminded me of 'Call the Midwife'! Your Dads smile didn't change one bit did it?! What a lovely Man he looks. :))

28 Feb, 2013

 

What a lovely little boy. Looks like a great event.

28 Feb, 2013

 

The smile is older now but he is still a lovely man :o))

1 Mar, 2013

 

thanks for sharing, Annella - it's gone straight into my faves. Wonderful to see what "yesterday" looked like - is the same thing kept up nowadays?

4 Mar, 2013

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