The annual Festival of Queens of the Central
Methodist Church, Pontefract, yesterday week, raised about £200 for the
funds of the National Children's Home. Despite dense fog, about 300
children and parents gathered to watch five queens of local Sunday
Schools - there were to have been eight, but the fog prevented that -
with their attendants, parade through the hall, to be welcomed by the
Mayor of Pontefract, Councillor J. Walton. Later, ten other
representatives of local Sunday schools handed purses containing money
collected for the cause to the Mayoress, Mrs Walton. Mr. J. Shaw
presided at the Festival, and the Deputation Secretary of the National
Children's Home, Mr. A.L. Malden, outlined the work of the home.
Prayers were offered by the Minister of the
church, the Reverend R.P. Marshall. Miss Jean Brindley was on the piano
and entertainment was provided by Percy Edwards, the radio "Birdman".