Armadale in old picture postcards

Armadale in old picture postcards

Author
:   William F. Hendrie
Municipality
:   Armadale
Province
:   Lothian, West
Country
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-1155-3
Pages
:   80
Price
:   EUR 16.95 Including VAT *

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61 Annadale Gala Day's young sailors were also pictured as they taak part in the big parade. It appears that only one laddie has not obeyed the shouted command 'Hats on!', as he is still holding his cap in his hand by his side,

62 The Girl Guides in their traditional navy blue uniform with their black lisle stockings, gold neckercbiefs and pudding basin feit hats, also marched regularly in the Gala Day processions. Here they are seen walking along cheerfuHy behind the Queen's Champion on bis grey horse.

63 Two of the Guides in their distinctive uniforms are also seen in this photograph of a Gala float, which rook part in the procession through the town in 1928. The float was entitled the

Dale Braw Bairns and many of the children posed for the photographer on this sunny, summer Saturday all these years aga. The little girl in the centre is wearing a gypsy

style dress, but the other boys and girls do not appear to be wearing special costumes. On the left of the gypsy lass, the little girl is holding a cat.

64 Since the mid-1920s, the highlight of every Gala Day has been the crowning of the School Girl Queen. A brisk breeze blows the bunting and flags in this picture postcard of the coronation platform on a blustery Gala Day in the early 193 Os.

65 Immediately after her coronation, the newlycrowned Queen posed for the cameraman at this 1920s Gala. She is surrounded on the left by the flower girls of her royal court and on the right by the little fairies with their shimmering wings and sparkling silver wands. Her two small page boys seem confident that they will fulfill their royal duties, despite the wrinkles in their tights.

66 Mrs. MacNichol, wife of Annadale's Registrar of 'Batches, Matches and Despatches', births, marriages and deaths, was honoured by being invited to crown the Gala Queen, Ellen Frew in 1934. The Queen of the Flower Girls, standing on the left, was Margaret Douglas and the Queen of the Fairies that year, standing on the right, was another Ellen, Ellen Cunningham. This time the rwo little page boys had na wrinkled tights to worry them as they ware white knee-Ienght cotton stockings. At the time this was looked upon as quite a break with tradition! Queen Blleri's Champion on the left, how-

ever, still ware his entire outfit of studded tabard and long leather gaumlets and carried his ceremonial sword with which to challenge all comers and defend the Queen's honour, if called upon to do

sa. Fortunately this never happened!

67 These boy and girl Morris dancers were pictured behind the Star Inn. The girl in the second front row, second from the left, is [oan Brown, who is believed ta have been barn in 1902, sa the picture was probably taken by local photagrapher R. Baird, around the year 1 9 1 2.

68 Well-known teacher and later Headmaster Hamish Millar, supervised these more recent fan carrying Gala Day characters as they left the school playground in Academy Street, to take part in the procession.

69 Apart from the Gala Day, the other highlight of Armadale's pre-Second World War summers in the 1920s and 1930s was the tewn's annual Infirmary Day Parade. In these pre-National Health Service years, the Infirmary Parade was a very vital fund raising event to help raise money to support Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, to which most Armadale people in need ofhospital treatment were sent before the opening of West Lothian's first general hospital at Bangour in 1948. Here the Bakers and the Spongers indulged in some slap stick humour to encourage the crowd in front of the Star Inn in East Main Street to put more coins in their collecting cans to help

this good cause. Students from Edinburgh University aften travelled out to the town during their Rag Week to help to boost the takings. Like the eliaraeters on the float in the picture the varsity

boys and girls always wore fancy dress costurnes and always had a slogan to shout as they rattled their collecting cans.

70 This Eastern rickshaw type contraption was one of the floats in an early Infirmary Day Parade. It was photographed as the colourful procession passed along West Main Street.

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