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MAY PROCESSION AT PONTEFRACT BUTTERCROSS

ADDED 05 JULY 2006

May Procession at Pontefract Buttercross

May Procession Pontefract Buttercross

The photograph below is of the May Procession taken in about 1956 at the Buttercross, Market Place, Pontefract. The little girl standing in front of the candles with a bow showing in her hair is myself, Jennie Robert, and on my immediate left in the photograph is Sandra Emmet, who was a friend of mine and who lived with her family on Coburg Street, Tanshelf. At the time we would be about eight years of age.

Unfortunately I do not recognise and other children in the group, but would be pleased if anyone who may recognise themselves at the event would contact the Digest with information that could be of assistance in establishing some of the other children’s identities.

In those days I think we were much fitter than children of the present generation. We were out of doors much more often playing games in the street, which have now all but disappeared - Whip and Top, Sticks, Queenie-Hi-Ho etc. One of the more dangerous games we would play was jumping across the outdoor toilet roofs!

Jennie's father Max was a well known entertainer

My father, Max, was a very well known entertainer to the regular pub drinkers in the Pontefract Hostelries. He was a very accomplished banjo player who some people may also remember played at the V.E. Celebrations. The photograph of my Dad (above) illustrates what he loved to do best - play his banjo and entertain his audience, and always with his good companion by his side, a pint of English bitter.

Jennie Robert


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