Hat that caused stir at ‘62 race fondly re­mem­bered

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - DUN­CAN GUY

FIFTY-ONE years ago school teacher Les­ley-Ann Ewan fea­tured in news­pa­per pho­to­graphs all over South Africa, sport­ing her home-made hat at the 1962 Dur­ban July.

It was made of sil­ver pa­per with os­trich feath­ers.

“My aunt phoned my mother, say­ing, ‘your daugh­ter is mak­ing a spec­ta­cle of our whole fam­ily.

‘She is wear­ing a ridicu­lous hat at the races’.

“My mother asked her, ‘well who does she take af­ter?’ My aunt slammed down the phone.”

The two sis­ters did not get along well, jokes Ewan, who to­day re­turns to Greyville in style, dressed in a hat with spots.

“I think spots are very happy,” Ewan says, brows­ing through a photo al­bum she has kept of her 1962 ex­pe­ri­ence, which was part of a visit to Dur­ban with three fel­low stu­dents from the old Gra­ham­stown Teach­ers’ Train­ing Col­lege.

“We came by ship from East Lon­don, up on the Ster­ling and back on the Wind­sor.”

Later in her life, Ewan stud­ied fash­ion de­sign part-time, and has been an ac­tive maker of clothes.

She has also of­ten dressed up chil­dren for func­tions at sev­eral schools she has taught at, most re­cently Ad­ding­ton Pri­mary where she works once a week.

Since her first Dur­ban July, Ewan has been to three events, once as a waitress in a tent.

One of the old 1962 news­pa­per ar­ti­cles in her al­bum re­flects the year be­fore­hand: “Last year the women mourned South Africa leav­ing the Com­mon­wealth.

“The year be­fore that Sharpeville killed the great fash­ion hit pa­rade stone dead.”

Justin has a se­ri­ous amount of “Beliebers” who hang on his ev­ery word. A lot of his tweets are about his day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties as he tours the world.

But there are sev­eral plugs for spon­sor adi­das, such as “Shoot­ing with @adi­dasNEOLa­bel to­day. Mak­ing them make longer shirts”.

An­other was for his range of tele­phone cases made by Cel­lairis: “* got one?” he asks. He doesn’t for­get his tour spon­sor: “Shoutout to @essence_US cos­met­ics. They’ll give away tix for my shows in the US & Canada PLUS meet & greets!” Be still, beat­ing hearts.

Shame­less plug­ging: 8/10 AMANDA HOLDEN

The out­spo­ken 42-year-old ac­tress and Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent judge has 1.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

It isn’t easy look­ing good on screen, so she tweets thanks for the help she gets.

All her clothes for BGT come from Aus­tralian clothes de­signer J’Aton at a hugely dis­counted price and were reg­u­larly plugged on her Twit­ter feed: “OMG!!! Just taken de­liv­ery of my first batch of dresses from J’Aton Couture!!! For BGT live!!! Be­yond ex­cited.”

Shame­less plug­ging: 6/10 – Daily Mail

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