Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 10th April, 2018)
May Queen Dress
Photo: Thomas Walsh (.)
Lovely lady, lovely dress.
I can remember clearly when she was May Queen at St Patrick's along with others as well from that period. It was a great honour -it's not surprising that her crowning clothes were kept. The dress and train still look as fresh today.
How lovely. So sad that the may Queen tradition has died out among children. We used to do lots of planning amongst friends . Deciding what to wear depended on what could be cobbled together out of odds and sods at home. Such happy memories
What a "different" p-a-d today, and how lovely! I love the dress and the blue of the cape. We used to have our own May-Queens round the back streets of Wigan, with the "Queen" resplendent in her Mam's net curtain and a cardboard crown, and her "retinue" made up of characters such as fairies, chimney-sweeps, cowboys and pirates! We collected pennies in a tin with a slit in the lid and then we had a jam butties and pop in someone's back yard. I have eaten many posh meals since but none have ever quite matched those backyard picnics! I'm sure many Wiganers recall those happy, innocent days. Does anyone know how long the exhibition is on for? I didn't even know about it.
I know, Irene ! I remember traipsing round Higher Ince from Manchester Road, going up Windermere Road and getting back for our 'show' in the back-yards, plus pop and butties, of course.
There's a photograph on Album of the big day ! The exhibition is well worth seeing a lot of hard work has gone into organising it.
Opening hours ,Monday / Tuesday/ Wednesday 9am to 2pm Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday 2pm to 5pm. You will be made very welcome the staff at The Museum of Wigan Life are all fantastic.
The connection between the Howe and Walsh go back generations . Christine's Mother and mine were best friend as were our Dads.
What dates though, Tom, please? When does it finish?
You may find details on Museum of Wigan Life website.
Thankyou, Janette. I wish they would advertise these things in the local papers or on posters in the town, unless the adverts are there and I've missed them. People won't attend an exhibition if they are unaware it's taking place which is such a shame as, as Tom says, a lot of work goes into them.
I was the crown bearer at st wiiiams may queen in about 1960.cant find the picture though.
Were you Ann McHugh's brother, John?
Yes irene I am anns twin brother infact I saw you weeks ago walking up bye the pagefield
A beautiful dress and obviously Our Lady is in blue as fitting with the Queen of Heaven!
My son lives in Springfield, John, and I pick my grandchildren up twice a week from St. Andrew's school. I apologise if I saw you and didn't recognise you; I would never walk past anyone I know without speaking.