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Staithes Carnival

Neil Suckling who loaned us this image thinks it maybe ’Fair Week’ in 1965, the last time they did a procession like this. He can identify: ”the lady front right, in the gold trimmed dress, is my grandma, Margaret Ward Suckling (nee Verrill)”. Can you recognise anyone there?

Patricia Taylor (nee Geraghty) tells us: ”This is the Staithes cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which was performed one day during the carnival in the year this photo was taken – Beth Hicks is in costume at the front right of the picture. The balcony scene was delivered from the first floor of one of the buildings in the High Street.”

Phil Ransome suggests: ”It may be John Pearson in the red and blue tights!”.

Jackie Roe-Lawton tells us: ”Mrs Lowden, who used to sell toffee from her house steps (now known as Toffee Crackle House) is standing in front of the Pork Shop, wearing a white bonnet. She was blind in her later years, and looked after her granddaughter Felicia.”

Snapper also advises regarding people in the picture: ”I think Jeff Barker was dressed in purple, Doug Moss in red and blue leggings, Don Burns in the silver outfit and  Isaac Unthank on the stool in the door way.”

Image courtesy of Neil Suckling and thanks to Neil, Patricia Taylor, Philip Ransome, Jackie Roe-Lawton and Snapper for the updates. Especial thanks to Judith Somodi-Spence and Felicia Walker nee Lowden for their putting the record straight and many apologies from the Archive for incorrect reporting.

9 comments to Staithes Carnival

  • Patricia Taylor (nee Geraghty)

    This is the Staithes cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which was performed one day during the carnival in the year this photo was taken – Beth Hicks is in costume at the front right of the picture. The balcony scene was delivered from the first floor of one of the buildings in the High St.

  • Neil Suckling

    Hello Patricia,and thanks for the extra info,i think youll find that the lady front right; in the gold trimmed dress,is my grandma,Margaret Ward Suckling;nee Verrill,i could be wrong.Any more info on this photo would be apreciated,thanks ,Neil Suckling.

    ps,are you related to Gerard Geraghty? my dads best man.

  • Phil Ransome

    It may be John Pearson in the red and blue tights

  • Jackie Roe-Lawton

    Mrs Lowden, who used to sell toffee from her house steps (now known as Toffee Crackle House) is standing in front of the Pork Shop, wearing a white bonnet. She was blind in her later years, and looked after her niece – Felicia – she was mixed race and Mrs Lowden used to beat her and scrub her with a scrubbing brush to make her white….. OMG!

  • I think Jeff Barker was dressed in purple, Doug Moss in red and blue leggings, Don Burns in the silver outfit and Isaac Unthank on the stool in the door way.

  • Judith Somodi-Spence

    Actually,Mrs Lowden was my granny. Felicia- my half sister stayed with granny for quite sometime as a child. My gran NEVER scrubbed her to make her white My gran had 7 children & made & sold toffee to help make ends meet following her husband’s death.another of her daughters married the “steers” lifeboat coxwain

  • Just for the record. I happen to be the mixed race grandaughter (not niece) of the toffe lady Marie Lowden. She looked after me since I was around two years old until I was 14. Without her kindness and intervention I would not be the person I am today. Not only was she blind, she was also deaf following an explosion of an oven in her teens. She was an inspiration and and an author of many books. I was blessed to have such a wonderful person in my life as a child. There was certainly never any child abuse such as scrubbing me to make me white!!!

  • Andrea Foord (nee Verrill)

    I have just come across this photo from the Staithes Carnival. I had started Whitby Grammar School September 1964 and became friends with a Staithes girl, Victoria Brunt, whose grandfather also live in the village. The following Summer I was invited to join in this Carnival and I remember that year Vicky,s grandfather made huge Disney heads out of Papier mache for us to wear in the parade. I was Mickey Mouse and my friends were Donald Duck and Pluto! I think the following year we had horse bodies to wear, fastened on with braces and we learnt a very simple drum rhythm to play. Look North covered the Carnival on TV with Mike Neville doing the interviewing! Great fun!

  • cindy russell nee Vaks . Mother nee Bidmade

    Hello how lovley to see this post . My Grandmother was Ellen Verrill married to Ernest Bidmade . I have the photo of great great geat grandad Issac in my living room 🙂 iam reasearching my mothers side now . The Bidmades.

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