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St George's C. E. Junior School, Wigan

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Tea Party early 1950's
Tea Party early 1950's
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 30877
Tea Party at the school. No decorations, so it is unlikely to have been a Christmas party or the Coronation party Any other suggestions?

Comment by: john on 4th January 2019 at 13:56

My how times have changed. Lovely shot.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th January 2019 at 14:09

The two little girls ( sisters) on the end look like children from John St Scholes but they went to St Pat's... The last names were Penman. The little one was called Betty - if it isn't them they are identical.

Comment by: Garry on 4th January 2019 at 15:25

Yes John you're right how times have changed...in ten years time, kids will be wearing hi-viz coats at parties.
Great photo Ron.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 4th January 2019 at 15:30

Notice all the kids are drinking tea not the sugar laden soft drinks of today.

Comment by: Garry on 4th January 2019 at 16:23

Good point Ron.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th January 2019 at 18:58

The sisters? almost certainly have identical cardi's Veronica. And the bi-coloured sash overlaid down the centre of the tablecloth could go some way in answering Ron's query.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th January 2019 at 21:23

What I meant Philip was, the two children are identical to the ones I remember. The little one had blonde hair and the older one was very dark.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th January 2019 at 21:43

Love this photo....a vanished time.

Comment by: Philip G. on 5th January 2019 at 08:48

No problem Veronica . . . For'ard.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 6th January 2019 at 13:52

The more I look a the photo the more I see I bet these children thought they were sitting down to a Banquet and I bet there was nothing left on their plates.. They had nothing compared to today's kids but they were a lot happier.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th January 2019 at 18:53

I bet when they had eaten their 'paste' butties and drank their tea , some kind ladies would come round with Jelly and fairy cakes to finish off! I remember when it was party time at school we would all have to bring something - I always took a red jelly in a cut glass bowl!

Comment by: WILLY WACKUM on 7th January 2019 at 10:33

From a time when children looked and acted like children not clones of their parents with all the designer gear. Boys wore short pants up to the age of 11, (when they went to Senior school,) and the girls wore dresses. Thanks Ron for posting it

Comment by: Jarvo on 7th January 2019 at 19:15

I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't orange juice in those cups. Hot tea wasn't a favourite amongst young children in those days. And paper cups were pretty scarce. Anybody?

Comment by: Philip G. on 7th January 2019 at 23:18

Water gulped from a Blue, Pink, or White plastic beaker for our crew during the early-fifties. The only foodstuff that I can recall is rice pudding and, also, how Miss/Mrs Harrison had shown one lad how to stir-in a spoonful of jam.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th January 2019 at 23:23

I thought at first it might be orange juice Jarvo but somehow I don't think they would have been drinking that from a cup and saucer at a tea- party......I don't suppose we'll ever know now anyway......

Comment by: John G on 8th January 2019 at 14:11

Ron: I am just making a wild guess here, but as most people remember large school gatherings or party's always revoled around church.
Because it's C E School it could be Easter or Trinity Sunday, These two events at my school took priority around April which also included St Georges day, and June.

Comment by: Priscus on 11th January 2019 at 16:03

Perhaps they are celebrating the end of food rationing.

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