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Handcross School pupils walk to church
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Handcross School pupils walk to church

On the day before the centenary celebrations were held at Handcross School, teachers, pupils, and some parents walked in a procession from the school to All Saints Church for a thanksgiving service. All those in the procession, and the Rev. David Towne waiting at the church, were dressed in Victorian clothes. To view a video of the celebrations including the procession to the church visit picture #771.
The picture shows a small part of the procession walking through the High Street. To the left, with the white awnings is the clothing and haberdashery shop of E. S. Hibbs and Son Ltd, and to the right is Maid Marion grocery shop.
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Click on Open Document to view another picture of the procession. It is somewhat out of focus creating the feel of a period painting by a French impressionist!
Initially I was unable to identify the location as I could not recall any Scots Pines along the route. However, I then identified the white object behind the leading lady, Mrs Josie Ray, as the cricket sightscreen in the Recreation Ground. Further investigation located three Scots Pines on the roadside beside the present-day roundabout at Gravelpit Corner at the start of Balcombe Lane.

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Picture added on 02 April 2015 at 21:19
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I remember the Maid Marian food store. It had angled shelves on the right wall, normal shelving but boxes at an angle?
It had a oblong-type till near the middle on the right side of the store with the walkway behind it.
I think there was typical 1970s surround glass, a bit vague in that mind. Every time I used the store there was a local girl serving, well all the then local teenagers knew her, such as Tony Bell, Ian Cooper, Mark Watkins, to name a few.
I was still a kid back then so I didn't know.
Oh, the entrance door was at an angle from memory, and the proprietor always struck me for an older gentleman a bit of a spiv!
Happy days!
Added by Anon on 16 April 2015
I think the shopkeeper was called Stan, although in our house he was known as Robin Hood (Maid Marion...)!
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 16 April 2015
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