Such transports of delight
This week we continue the festive memories of Ashford with a sentimental look at Children’s Day, during the swinging Sixties. Many locals now in their 50s still speak of their joy in the run-up to Christmas, with the series of special events which were organised by businesses and local people. Although efforts are still made to create a festive atmosphere, many believe the Christmases past were the best. This week we look at pictures sent in by Peter Ainsley and T. Acland. The first shows a well-known figure, the late Joe Fagg, who will be remembered for his tireless work for the town, and his involvement in events such as Children’s Day and the carnival. He is pictured in 1964, playing a French horn, and apparently wearing a nightshirt. Mr Fagg would regularly dress up for occasions such as these, and once dressed as a baby for carnival week. The second view shows the New Toy Town Train which was exhibited for Children’s Day in 1966, and made by local firm Stanhay’s, a regular contributor to such events. Those present who might recognise themselves are, from left, Ray, Sandra, Jim, Eileen, Janet, Fred, Betty and Peter. The final picture shows the Fireball XL5 rocket also made by Stanhay’s for Children’s Day celebrations in 1964. Pictured, from left, are Ian, Mick, Peter, Bill, Graham, Eileen, Barbara, Betty and Fred. Thank you for your Christmas memories. I would like to wish all readers a great Christmas, and personal big thanks from me for your continued support, and kindness.
The well known figure of Joe Fagg plays a French horn at Children’s Day in 1964