Such trans­ports of de­light

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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