Christmas party

Betty Hartfree recognised herself and many others in this photograph of a Christmas party
Betty Hartfree recognised herself and many others in this photograph of a Christmas party
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Betty Hartfree got in touch after seeing this picture from Marilyn Wilton-Smith and can put names to some faces.

She was also able to explain the Christmas fancy dress party which, she says, was an annual event put on by management at the Fratton locomotive sheds for employees and their families.

Betty can be seen in the front row next to the boy who has his hand in the air. He was her brother Tony and he had just won first prize for his costume of a railway fireman. Next to him is Betty’s elder brother, Wally, dressed as a Red Indian.

In the third row back from the front and fourth child in from the left side and also fourth in from the boy with the accordion is their sister Pat. If you straight to the top of the picture from Pat, their mother is standing directly in front of a young girl being held aloft by a man.

Betty says she can’t remember exactly when the picture was taken but says she was born in January 1934 and guesses she was three, nearly four, making it probably Christmas 1937.