Wednesday, 6 March 2013

School Picture

‘School Picture’ is this week’s theme for the GBE2:Blog On group, so here’s one of mine:

Our school had a Rose Queen Festival every June, and our class did the maypole dancing. I think we were 8 or 9 at the time. We had to practise after school for weeks beforehand, learning all the different dances, and whether to hold the ribbons up or down as we wove them into fancy patterns around the pole.

The photo was taken as we paraded onto the field. I think there were about 12 ‘couples’. All the girls wore identical dresses, blue and white check pattern, with frills from each shoulder to the waist, and puff sleeves, and we had white bonnets, short white socks and white canvas shoes. The boys wore white shirts, blue ties, and short grey pants.

I remember being very nervous beforehand, but we had been well trained. Our maypole dances all went well and we managed not to get any of the ribbons tangled!

By the way, my partner was called Edward, and everyone teased me about him being my 'boyfriend'. I wonder what happened to him and where he is now!   


  1. That's a great pic and story to go with it. :) Love the bonnet. :) Isn't it strange to look at kids we knew way back when, someone we shared a moment in time with and now we don't have a clue where they are. I wonder about a few people and unfortunately am bombarded on facebook by people who wonder about me too! Lol..

  2. Thanks, Mimi. I 'met' quite a few old school friends via Friends Reunited a few years ago, and am still in contact with a couple of them.

  3. Aw, that's such a cute picture, Paula! You both look lovely.

  4. What a sweet picture and I love the story behind it.