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A fete in Quorn, probably 1940s

Quorn has always liked a good fete or celebration and it is thought that this one may date from 1941, as the family whose collection it belonged to had many photographs from around that date, indicating that they had a camera (and film) at that time. The hairstyles are reminiscent of the 1940s and many of the band are women or older men, which would fit it with it being wartime and younger men being away.

In addition to the band, children can be seen in the background in fancy dress.

The location is the old village green, now Quorn carpark. Wright’s factory can be seen and on the right is what is now the wall to the White Horse car park. The tallest building (on the left) has now been reduced by one storey and converted into flats. The other two buildings have been demolished, with the nearest one being replaced by Quorn Medical Centre.

On the back is written ‘Wright’s Commanders’ which was a large band made up of Wright’s staff from both their Quorn and Loughborough factories, however it is thought this maybe incorrect. All photographs of Wright’s Commanders that the museum teams have seen, show them with tall hats and pale skirts or trousers. See Artefact 750.

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 Submitted on: 2021-07-05
 Submitted by: Brian Hughes
 Artefact ID: 2457
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