My mother was in photo

The photo ‘Fantastic Fancy Dress Costumes’ featured in last week’s Mercury showed the Wirksworth Carnival of August 1935. My mother, Constance Bratby (standing in the carriage), was the Carnival Queen. She was 20 and was teaching at Matlock County School. I have several cuttings of the event including one which states that she was asked to accept the invitation to be Queen “in appreciation of her extremely clever interpretation of the ’Adult Soul’ in the recent pageant”. Frank Hargreaves was the King, Edith and Gwen Spencer, the attendants and the clowns were Frank Hall, Reginald Woodhouse, Leslie Land and Norman Wheatcroft.

Erica Heptonstall

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