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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Miss Crickley 1980 ...

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Jane Dineen says that the inscription by someone else on the back, slightly interpreted by me, reads: "Birmingham girl, Jane [Dineen], Anna [Collinge], Ros [Cleal], Jane [Fitt], Suzie the Cook; Front row: Gloria [Polizotti], Sharon the mouth, Julie Ann [Souter], Sue, ?." This cheerful group were the contestants in the 1980 'Miss Crickley' competition held at Ullenwood. Some may feel that the holding of such competitions tended towards a trifle of political incorrectness (and that would never do ...): but we always held a 'Mr Crickley' competition as well, and the 'Personality of the Year' competition was, of course, open to both sexes. Dungarees were commoner than bikinis it would appear. Dr Ferris would have me believe, doubtless, that one year the skeleton painted on a bit of hardboard was a contestant: he's probably right. Update: Dr Ferris opines: "I might be able to help Crickley Hill Man in identifying one of the 1980 'Miss Crickley' contestants, beyond informing him that I'm sure they were all sincerely working for 'world peace'. The 'Birmingham girl', as it describes her in your photo caption, was, I think, Debra who might have been one of Bernard Dawson's pupils at the time."

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