Looking back to a well-loved carnival

The flower girls of St Saviour's church fete, Stamshaw, in 1956
The flower girls of St Saviour's church fete, Stamshaw, in 1956
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Nigel Freemantle’s recent carnival trips down the memory lanes of Stamshaw in Portsmouth prompted Jane Clark to raid her albums.

She came up with these three pictures from later in the 1950s of the obviously much-loved St Saviour’s fete and carnival.

In her snap of the group of flower girls, Jane (nee Bambury), of Chatsworth Avenue, Cosham, is fourth from the right in the front row with her sister Esther on the extreme left in the same line.

She said the picture was taken at the 1956 St Saviour’s fete and wonders if anyone else can recognise themselves.

The other two photographs were taken in 1959, the year Jane (in the centre) was the Rose Queen of St Saviour’s carnival.

She cannot remember the name of Prince Charming on the left, but Joy Parvin (second from the right) was an attendant, and she thinks the other was Frances Best.

Jane said: ‘We would have been chosen either through attending Sunday School regularly or being in the brownies or guides.

‘I also remember Mr Freemantle, Mrs Wimbush, Father Talbot and after him Father Capper. Also Phylis Hayes who was the church guide leader. My mother Gladys Bambury also did a lot of the sewing and made the dress I am wearing.’

Jane remembers the float on which they were paraded through Stamshaw’s streets was on a gondola.

‘My father Jack probably helped decorate it. He was a churchwarden for many years and Akela of the church cub pack, the 40th Portsmouth,’ she added.