Wartime May Day celebration

Haggonfields School in 1941.
Haggonfields School in 1941.

WARTIME pupils at Haggonsfield School in Rhodesia are seen here in 1941.

The photo was sent in by Mary Needle, nee Ellis, who is pictured on the right, kneeling in front of the boys.

Mrs Needle, 81, of High Hoe Road, Worksop, was ten at the time and can remember the day well.

She said: “It was a May Day celebration where we’d crowned the queen and then had a class photo taken.”

“I can remember the names of virtually everyone else. In those days you knew everybody you went to school with and everybody in the village.”

“We had a marvellous headmaster called Mr Swannick who organised special events like sports days and the parents all turned out to watch.”

Mrs Needle said some of the boys in the picture were evacuees.

She named the other children as: Joyce Franklin, Marion Shaw, Jenny Hubbard, Margaret Blagg, Joan Hargreaves, Penny Dolman, Barbara Hunt, Margaret Hargreaves, Doreen Bescoby, Leonard Webster, Monica Cook, Marion Locke, Jean Carr, Betty Green, Brian Stocks, Tony Barton, Kenneth Hill, John Galley, Peter Bellamy, Lewin Lawton, Peter Hunter, Frankie Matthews, Florence Knowles, Betty Stockdale, Audrey Ball, Mavis Ward, Marjorie Stanley, Doreen Linley, Maurice Stapleton and Tony Bainbridge.