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Wednesday 24th July 2019  

Quorn British Legion Fete - 1957

Loughborough Monitor - 21st June 1957

The Quorn branch of the British Legion held their annual garden fete in the grounds of Quorn Court, the home of Col W S N Toller, on Saturday. The fete was opened by Lord Crawshaw, who reminded the company of the sacrifice made by the members during the two world wars, and of the wonderful work which the British Legion had always carried out. A vote of thanks to Lord Crawshaw was proposed by Mrs Upcher.

Amongst the popular attractions staged during the afternoon was a weight lifting demonstration given members of the Morris sports Physical Culture and Athletic Centre. There was also a very unique event - at least in the annals of Quorn fetes - displays of free-style wrestling. In the first, Cocky Parkin, of Nottingham, defeated Les Parry by two submission to one, the latter retiring owing to a sprained wrist. In the main event, Jack Taylor, of Accrington, defeated Harold Palmer, of Doncaster, by two submissions to one.

The stalls, which were well patronised, were in charge of: Darts, Mr J Rudkin; skittles, Mr E Stocks; treasure hunt, Mr R Beardsley, electric racer, Mr S Robinson; ice cream and minerals, Mrs Clarke. Teas were served during the afternoon by the women's section of the branch. Music between the events was provided by the Sileby Town Band.

Competition winners included: skittles: Messrs W Bunker and S Dexter; programme prize, Mrs Lester; treasure hunt, Miss V Lee. Other winners were Messrs Sturgees, Roadley, James, Tozard, White, Dean, Col. Toller and Miss Facer.

A rather amusing feature of the prize-winning was the presentation by Miss L Facer, the president of the women's section, to Col. Toller of his prize, two pairs of "rock an' roll" socks, and in return Col. Toller presented Miss Facer with hers, a pair of nylons.

It is understood that over 120 was taken during the afternoon and that the branch will benefit after expenses to the turn of between 80 and 90.

Thank you to Judith Archdale for providing some names for the picture:
4 - Ann Wesley
6 - Ann Child
7 - Marlene Lidierth


   
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 Submitted on: 2010-12-18
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
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