The Wolverton Express 05 June 1953

One Event at Castlethorpe Went with a Splash!

A service at the Parish Church, conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. D. Wingate, commenced the day in Castlethorpe.

Judges of the decorated homes were the new stationmaster, Mr. W. Brown and Mr. S. Ratledge (senior). First prize went to Mr. P. Mullins, Bullington End Road, with Mrs. Pettifer, Station Road, second, and equal third, Mr. G. Cowley, Station Road and Mrs. Welsh.
The decoration of the village was organised by the football club.
Events of the day was tug-of-war on the river bank by the British Legion, married v single when both of the teams took a ducking.

Fancy dress was judged in the school by Mrs. J. Sawbridge,
Squadron of "Rag-Tags"
Fancy dress group "Squadron of Rag-Tags"
The motley throng from the British Legion branch "invaded" Castlethorpe. Some of them had previously been in combat in the tug-of-war on the river bank when both teams went in.
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Mrs. J. E. Whiting and Mrs. W. Brown, whose awards were: girls 2 to 5. 1. Sandra Cockrane, 2. Marlene Tapp, 3. Linda Nichols: Boys 2 to 5. 1. Malcolm Kettle. 2. George Lane, 3 Gerald Pittam; Girls 6 – 10. 1. Jane Bavington, 2. Christine Ward, 3. Carol Stephens, 4. Carol Keeves: Boys 6 – 10. 1. Richard Hart, 2. Stanley Keeves, 3. John Pittam: Girls 11 to 15. 1. Dorothy Pittam, 2. Pat Bates, 3. Glenys Collyer: Boys 11 – 15. 1. Kenneth Evans: Ladies, 1. Miss G. Olney, 2. Mrs. Welsh, 3. Mrs Gray: Men’s, 1. Squadron of “Rag-Tags”, 2. B. Welsh.

The 450 people in the village had tea in four sittings in Mr. Whiting’s barn, and a social evening in free and easy style followed in the small school.

There was also a display of country dancing in the barn by the children under the direction of Miss Buxton, and a dance organised by the Football Club in the school.

Mrs. W. D. Markham gave a cup which will go to the baby born nearest to the day.

Chairman of the Committee was Mr. H. Cook with Miss G. Olney, Secretary and Mr. R. West, Treasurer. Approximately £126 had been raised for the fund.