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1951 Report

The first ever Queen of Comberbach (Miss Kathleen Wrench) was crowned on Saturday on what was perhaps the most beautiful day of the summer – a fitting tribute to a most beautiful queen.

The crowning ceremony was performed by Mrs H Evans, mother of one of the four men who lost their lives during the war, while overhead naval aircraft en route to Stretton Air Display thundered by to remind those present of the sacrifice their sons had made. Proceeds from the day were for the Village Memorial Hall.

As the Queen was crowned six gaily coloured balloons were released from behind the dais, carrying messages of greeting from the villagers of Comberbach, a touching gesture showing that the event was a real day for everyone in the village, not just a money making business. Almost all the villagers helped in some way and the free tea provided for the children and refreshments were donated by many willing people entirely free of charge.

Earlier the queen and her retinue, together with the fancy dress characters, tableaux and music supplied by Witton Church Lads’ Brigade, had paraded through the streets on their way to the royal dais – with Jack and Jill, on a decorated vehicle, proudly proclaiming that they had broken down no less than three times on the journey!

Kathleen beautifully calm and regal was charmingly attired in white taffeta with… dress, with a train of wine velvet trimmed with ermine. She also wore a jewelled tiara and carried a bouquet of red roses.

The ladies in waiting, Phyllis Proudlove and Margaret Hulme, wore silk crepe, while the flower girls, Helen Shufflebotham, Margaret Palin, Sheena Iossan and Elizabeth Forth (Ford?) wore satin with net overlay. Bouquet bearers were Rosemary Nurdin and Jennifer Holford, Phillip Redfern was sceptre bearer, Dennis Littler the crown bearer and Charles Stubbs made an impressive John Bull. Jennifer presented a bouquet to Mrs Evans and Rosemary a bouquet to the queen. All the dresses were made by parents and friends. Mr B F Williamson (chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee) presented a handbag to Queen Kathleen as a gift from the committee.

Fancy Dress Parade

Next came the fancy dress parade, with plenty of humour from the little girl with the fish and the “House Hunters” who appeared to be more successful in giving “baby” Sheila a rough ride than in finding somewhere to live!

Afterwards came the baby show, judged by the Matron of Northwich Victoria Infirmary (Miss M G …..

Local children trained by Miss S Garnett, teas, children's sports and a bowls tournament.

In the evening, after the presentation of prizes, a social evening was held, with games, dances, competitions and novelties.

The procession and entertainments were organised by Comberbach Youth Club, bowls tournament by Comberbach Bowls Club and sideshows by Comberbach Adult Club.

Prize list

Fancy dress (up to eight years): 1 Little Red Riding Hood (Stella Thurlwell): 2 Welsh Girl (Janet Stevenson). 9-16 years: 1 100 years old (Barbara Harrison): 2 Caller Herring (Pauline Sherratt). 16 years and over: 1 Stage Coach (Clive Haspell and Kenneth Hockenall): 2 Home Hunting (Sheila Garnett, Irene Robinson and Sylvia Walker)

Baby Show (up to six months): A Colin White. 6 – 12 months: B Peter Green and Robert Davies (tie). 1-2 years: Jill Howard.

Boys’ Cup (best all-round performance): Malcolm Robinson.

Girls’ Cup: M Elizabeth Forth and Margaret  Golbourne (tie). Each girl will receive a small replica and share the Memorial Hall Cup.

Bowls Cup: Mr George Plant. Mr W Evans was runner up.

Fancy dress judges were Mr and Mrs Cowap and Mr and Mrs T……

3 AUGUST, 1951

Reproduced by kind permission of the Northwich Guardian