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Maypole dancing in Handcross recreation ground
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Maypole dancing in Handcross recreation ground

Maypole dancing was an annual feature of Handcross Primary School and, in our days, was usually under the command of Mrs Lily Jakes, seen here keeping a stern eye on the performance.
Dancers were awarded a three-penny piece or an ice cream for their efforts.
Considering it would have been taken with a cheap camera it was rather ambitious to try an action shot, but it certainly paid off.
Arthur Feist, second from left, is the only one I can recognise. Please, can anyone add any more names?
In the background can be seen the three sturdily-built swings beyond the ribbons, and on the extreme right the two seesaws forming the shape of a cross.
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Picture added on 08 December 2013 at 10:17
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Comments:
Here is another happy memory of my grandmother, Mrs.Lily Jakes.
We still sing "come lasses and lads" with the children at our village school when they dance round the maypole.
(And you can sing along with that song on the video with picture #771 - Barry Ray)
Added by Christine Donnelly (née Atkinson) on 23 December 2015
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