Looking Back January 26 edition

Looking Back
Looking Back

THIS picture, sent in by Ted Herrington, show the British Thompson Houston Rag in 1952 and 1954.

Many of his pictures show BTH Tinsmiths department’s floats. Mr Herrington said: “The floats were designed and made by all, from foremen, skilled sheetmetal workers and apprentices during their own time.

“Heads, trees and even the elephants were made from metal frames covered with newspaper and then painted with the final details added by George Cartwright and Bill Bull. They were happy days as an apprentice, lots of fun.”

Sue Wiggins of Long Lawford emailed regarding last week’s picture of St Maries parish dance. She wrote: “I recognise the mayor and lady mayoress in the photograph (the lady holding the bouquet of flowers). They were my great grandfather and grandmother, Sidney and Emily Gibson. Sidney owned S.G. Gibson plumbers shop which stood where the car park is now next to the Merchant Inn behind Marks and Spencers.

“Emily died in 1963 and Sidney in 1965, their daughter, my maternal grandmother, Kathleen Slack died only in July last year aged 101.”