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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

the main news dated - August 23rd 1935



ON Saturday Huthwaite glowed with colour, and was the centre of interest over a large area. The occasion was the annual Flower Day and Carnival on behalf of the Mansfield Hospital, and the enterprise was splendidly successful in all ways.

A Hearty Welcome.

Although the Carnival arrangements extended over four days, Saturday was the day of chief interest, and fine weather spelt success at the outset. The fact that the Duchess of Portland had promised to crown the Carnival Queen (Miss Sadie Dalton) attracted many outsiders, while residents did their utmost to welcome the Duchess in notable fashion.

Both in honour of the distinguished visitor and as a tribute to the Carnival itself, the public decorations were of singular beauty and aroused hish praise. Whatever detracting influences there may be- and there are not a few - they were put in the background, and never had the Carnival spirit so completely reigned supreme. Practically all the thoroughfares were transformed with flags, garlands and bunting, while many of the houses and shops had pleasing exclusive designs carried out with real artistic ability. In this matter the loyalty and skill of the resident in the Bungalow quarter should not be overlooked.

Colour and Design.

The old people in Beech Avenue adorned their simple dwellings with an eye to colour and design that would have done credit to a younger generation, and did their best to make the occasion memorable. In this quarter many of the inhabitants keep pace with an up-to-date housing scheme by skilfully cultivating their front flower-gardens, and the colours considerably aided the decorative effect.

Early in the afternoon people began to pour into the town, and found innumerable opportunities of buying emblems on behalf of the hospital, Duchessor of dropping coins into collecting boxes simply for the joy of the thing.

A number of additional police were charge of Inspector Schofield, and the crowds increased until the lower end of Sutton Road was impassable and buses had to be diverted for the time being.

Animation and happy expectancy were apparent everywhere, and fancy costumes and jass bands' uniforms imparted colour and interest on all sides, while room had to be made for beautiful tableaux in white and silver and gay colours. Many hundreds of jazz band members were to be seen, their various costumes representing all the tints of the rainbow.

Expensive Uniforms

There was a good deal of wealth parading the street, for one of the jazz bands had 90 members, and each uniform represented an outlay of £. apart from that of the Drum-Major, which was more elaborate still. Several of the bands attended simply to give spectacular effet to the Carnival ; their sentiments were praiseworthy, and their part was well performed to the deep appreciation of the public.

Mr. S. Stones and his brother, Mr. Ferdinand Stones, a former resident of Huthwaite, were responsible for several of the bands being present.

Huthwaite Jubilee Serenaders were noticeable in patriotic colours, and Huthwaite Prize Band, in scarlet, provided serious music - a comparative term really - for it was of the happiest kind....

A Special Journey.

The Duchess of Portland was only a few minutes behind the time table for the crowning ceremony, and made the journey specially, having to return immediately the ceremony was over. She was accompanied by Lord Morven Bentinck, Mrs. Farr (Worksop) and Mrs. Beeley (Sutton). She was met by Mr. J. Davies C.C. (Chairman of the Carnival Committee), and had as a bodyguard both the Huthwaite bands. This was an honour for the Serenaders, whose first official appearance it was, but there was another distinction in store for them.

The Carnival Queen was a radiant figure in gleaming pink satin, her maids of honour being in pale mauve. The latter were Misses R. Kirk, G. Marriott, S Hague, S. Jones and A. Cockayne. The Queen's train bearers were Dorothy Palfreman and Joan Dyment, and the pages were the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. S. Stones.

The picturesque little procession paraded from the Free Library to the Market Place for the crowning ceremony, and it may be of interest to point out it was the first time that the Duchess had crowned a carnival queen. The speeches were relayed by a load speaker. Mr. J. Davies was the chairman, ...

On the Platform.

On the platform besides the Duchess and her friends were Mr. and Mrs. Robinson (Nottingham). Mr. and Mrs. Shacklock (Sutton), Mr. and Mrs. Blundell (Nottingham), Councillor and Mrs. E.H. Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. G. Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. A. Walton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Iball, Miss I. Hatton (last year's Queen), and the matron of Mansfield Hospital...

Her Grace said it gave her great pleasure to be amongst them. All nursing and hospitals were very near to her heart. If a little money was left over at the end, she would be gratified for a little assistance for Harlow Wood Hospital. She repeated her interest in the gathering and introduced last year's Queen, who made an appeal to the spectators to help to the utmost.

Crowning the Queen

The Duchess then crowned the Queen, saying; "I have much pleasure in crowning you Queen of the 1935 Carnival."

Bouquets were presented to the Queen by Nancy Newman and Madge Simmonds, and to the Duchess by Janie Lee,...

Mrs. Farr said she had a very pleasant duty to perform in thanking Her Grace for crowning the Queen. She thought the Carnival was going to be a great success.

The Chairman seconded the vote of thanks, and then the Duchess autographed the drum of the Hucknall Nomads Band, her example being followed by the Queen and Mrs. Beeley.

This was the result of a little enterprise by the Band conductor, which was quite in order as the Carnival was full of enterprising people. It was not the first time, either, that the Duchess had left her signature in Huthwaite in connection with deeds of charity....

Mammoth Procession.

The great event of the day was the mammoth procession which embodied everything that makes a public spectacle a success. The jazz bands formed a big part of it, not only in varying colours and types of equipment, but in dignified and impressive bearing. There were scores of fancy dresses, worn by both children and adults, and the tableaux were beautifully got up....

A very popular item was the comparison made by Fisher's (cycle dealers) between "mounts" of 60 years ago and those of to-day. Two types of cycle more than 50 years old were shown. On one the rider would have a difficulty in keeping his seat, and the construction of the other made it almost impossible for him to fall off. In those times, flowing whiskers were more popular than cycles, and this characteristic was maintained in the exhibit, which threw into strong relief a group of happy cyclists in present day costumes on decorated easy running bikes.

Looking into the Future.

The "mechanical man" was an instance of looking into the future and deserved every credit. It depicted a being made of metal capable of doing all the work required when regulated by a couple of ordinary humans, and without getting tired. The prospect of a new age dawning when all the hard work would be taken off their hands was greatly relished by the onlookers and the mechanical man came in for universal admiration.

Altogether, the procession was a wonderful sight, and it passed through nearly all the streets, led by the Prize Band, before a move was made to the field lent by Councillor Lowe for the judging. During the evening there were 16,000 people on the field, where several attractions were provided. The judges for costumes were .....


Awards were as follows:-
extracting only named Huthwaite residents
Tableaux : 2 Mrs. Lineker ; 3 Mrs. Dykes.
Maypoles : 1 and 2, Mrs. Lineker.
Adverts : 1 Mrs. Marsden ; 2 M. Pickaver ; 3 Miss Beresford

Children's Classes.

Original : 1 Violet Keeton (Fulwood) ; Jessie Brown ; 3 Evelyn Starr ; 4 Mary Phillips ; 5 Ronald Jones ; 6 Edith Bone ; 7 Marion Bone ; 8 Mrs Burrows ; 10 Ida Smith ; Ed Kilcline.

Jazz Band Contest.

Ten bands entered for the Jazz Band contest, the first prize being a silver challenge cup, valued at twelve guineas, with £3 cash. The second and third prizes were £2 and £1 respectively. The adjudicators were two local organists of high repute, Messrs. S. Paling (Sutton) and N. Evans (Huthwaite). There appeared to be a sensitive ear for the beauties of jazz band music among many of the spectators, most of the bands gaining more or less applause, but in one or two instances the conductor provided more entertainment than the music did. At this period there wa a crowd of about 14,000 and the most had to be made of the occasion.
The results were: 1 Huthwaite Jubilee Serenaders ; 2 Shirebrook ; 3 Birchwood.....
The prizes were distributed by the Carnival Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Shacklock, and Mrs. R.P. Dalton.

Sports Deferred.

A programme of sports for boys and veterans had been arranged, but were not held for two reasons. On such a day of rejoicing nobody would acknowledge themselves veterans, and the crows was so dense that it overran the course, and made racing impossible, so the events had to be deferred.

Tents on the field, which were of great assistance to the officials, were kindly lent by the Army Stores (Sutton).

After the outdoor programme had been completed, a dance was held in the Drill Hall, and this was quite as successful as any of the features of the day, over 700 paying for admission... The M.C.'s were Messrs. S. Stones and E. Spencer....

Shop-Front Decoration.

An outstanding example of shop front decoration was shown by Mr. J. Truswell, Hillside. His establishment was covered with many novelties of artificial flowers all made by himself and all wonderfully true to nature. There wer other pleasing designs on Sutton Road, in Lime Avenue and in New Street, but in most cases the intention was simply to add a little to the general atmosphere of festivity. In this everybody was eminently successful, and the Carnival of 1935 will long be rightly regarded as a complete triumph.

One of the outstanding features of the Carnival was the boxing contest for boys and the weight-lifting displays by local athletes. These events took place on Councillor E.H. Lowe's field, having been admirably organised by Mr. A. R. Rhodes. A proper boxing stage was provided and a considerable crowd took great interest in the boxing, some capital combats being witnessed.

The referee was Battling Parkin, of Warsop: the M.C. Mr. A. England, a well-known local exponent of physical culture: timekeeper, .... Prizes were in readiness for the winners, but most of the competitors chiefly sought the honour of overcoming a rival, and the fights were characterised by enthusiasm, hard knocks and good temper, and were enlivened by the applause of numerous partisans.... Results were as follow:-

Pair of Midgets.

Harry Hollingsworth beat Raymond Gregory. This pair of midgets boxed cleverly, but the winner was the more sturdy and held his own throughout.

Donald Hague beat John Flowers, although loser used his left with some skill.
Dennis Flowers beat Harold Keeling, this being a capital set to. Flowers displayed good form, but Keeling put up a plucky fight.
Joe Hardwick beat Stewart Bone. The loser shaped well against a taller opponent, and Hardwick was not the winner until the last round.
Tom Roberts beat Eric Scott but only after an extra round as a decider. These fought more cautiously, and therefore stood the pace better in a very even contest.
Harold Wilson beat Jim Cook. This was a hectic combat with plenty of excitement, and both showed excellent style.
Walter Pratt beat Jack Dye. The latter had more inches and his footwork was clever, but his guard was not so effective as that of his opponent, who landed some telling blows.
Arthur Connah beat John Bingham - two representatives of local boxing families who fought fiercely amid a storm of counsel and approbation. Marks were even at the end of the third round, and in the 'decider' a slight advantage by Connah's right glove gave him the victory, but it was a very narrow margin after a hurricane fight.

Second Bout.

Sam Dawson beat Jim Cook. Great credit was due to Cook for taking the stage a second time, his opponent on this occasion having every advantage in height and reach.
Mr. England introduced Mr. W. Robinson (Huthwaite) as the official 10 stone weight lifting champion of the Midland Counties, and Mr. Robinson demonstrated some astound feats of strength which were warmly applauded...

A Fitting Conclusion.

As a fitting conclusion to an effort on behalf of the great cause of healing, a united religious service was held on Sunday on "The Park." Though it was very hot, there was a large attendance of all denominations.....

Written 30 Jan 12 Revised 31 Jan 12 © by Gary Elliott