Maypole dancers outside the Village Institute.
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Maypole dancers outside the village institute which was then the Recreation Room. Taken in 1911 and possibly at the festival celebrating the coronation of King George V. (The annual Festival of the Oddfellows was held on Whit-Tuesday and in the afternoon the children would perform maypole dances.) The girl with the long hair (back row, left) is Maud Gregory who died in May 1996, having attained the age of 100 years in March 1996. Also pictured are: Joseph Mettam, N Mellor, G Mettam, J.H. Skidmore, Wilfred Mettam, N.F. Fox, F Harrison, Edith Hambleton, Mary Rodgers, Ethel Millward, Ethel Needham, Frances Webster, Annie Percival, Winnie Bevan, Edith Wilkson, Grace Hambleton, Ida Needham, Lena Limer, Elsie Lomas, Winnie Yates, Lillie Gould, Ellina Buxton, Nettie Wilkson, Ruth Buxton, Dolly Bevan, Winnie Hawley, Florrie Smith, Evelyn Lomas and Gwen Bevan. The Recreation Room was a former shippon, donated by Mr Samuel Bramwell J.P of Taddington Hall, as a place where men could congregate every evening except Good Friday and Christmas Day to play billiards, dominoes etc, and read the newspapers, without having to patronise the local pubs. Needless to say, the sale of alcohol on the premises was forbidden. The inaugural meeting was held on 10th October 1907.