Winning smiles as children’s festival appeal nets great tales

Dallas Road School 1930'Back Row L-R: Eric Sutton, Chris Worden, George Reid, Eric Moffatt, Jack Frear, Len Johnstone'Front Row L-R: Harry Elderton, Tom Ford, Fred 'Buddy' Rawes, Arthur Rogerson, Alf Sutton
Dallas Road School 1930'Back Row L-R: Eric Sutton, Chris Worden, George Reid, Eric Moffatt, Jack Frear, Len Johnstone'Front Row L-R: Harry Elderton, Tom Ford, Fred 'Buddy' Rawes, Arthur Rogerson, Alf Sutton
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Easter Field Memories by Terry Ainsworth, sponsored by Vincenzo’s Coffee House

On Thursday, November 6 2014 we published an appeal on our Nostalgia pages asking readers for photographs of the William Smith Festival, or the “Easter Field” as it was commonly known, to assist in the compilation of a book to record 80 years of this wonderful children’s festival.

Scotforth School 1951'Back Row L-R: Mr Evans (teacher), David Potter, Peter Stephenson, Alan Kenmure'Centre Row L-R: Ray Carr, Stan Atkinson, Eddie Mills, Mike Robinson'Front Row L-R: Bob Cookson, Duncan Kitchen, Stan Blacktop (captain), Bill Kitchen, Whitehead

Scotforth School 1951'Back Row L-R: Mr Evans (teacher), David Potter, Peter Stephenson, Alan Kenmure'Centre Row L-R: Ray Carr, Stan Atkinson, Eddie Mills, Mike Robinson'Front Row L-R: Bob Cookson, Duncan Kitchen, Stan Blacktop (captain), Bill Kitchen, Whitehead

The reaction of our readers was immediate and overwhelming and I have published a few examples ranging from 1919 to 1960.

Margaret Law contacted the Guardian by telephone and I called to see her and collect a photograph of Skerton School that included her father Charlie Law winning the Senior Football Shield in 1919.

A future Nostalgia article will be dedicated to Charlie Law.

Eileen Lucas left an envelope of data and a photograph at Vincenzo’s Coffee House showing her father, Arthur Rogerson, with his successful Dallas Road team of 1930.

Skerton Council School in 1919 with Charlie Law sitting far right on the front row.

Skerton Council School in 1919 with Charlie Law sitting far right on the front row.

The team did particularly well in season 1929-30 and won the Mail Cup, the William Smith Festival Senior Shield, the Daily Dispatch Shield and the league cup.

The Daily Dispatch Shield was a regional competition and the Dallas Road lads beat Blackpool to win the competition.

The only w they missed out on that season was the Parkinson Cup where they lost to Greaves.

Arthur fondly remembers: “We had a good team that year and it was a grand school.

St Luke's School.

St Luke's School.

The girl’s netball team won everything that year too including the William Smith Festival Netball Shield”.

Brenda Simpson then found a photograph of her brother, Dennis Brown, hidden away at the back of a cupboard, and this was also a winning team, St Peter’s Cathedral School of 1948.

An email from Ray Carr with the 1951 Scotforth School Junior team attached showing Ray and his friends pictured in the week before their delayed semi-final which was played on Barton Road that ended in gallant defeat.

Another envelope was left in Vincenzo’s Coffee House by Keith Miller of Lancaster, sat centre of front row, who played for St Luke’s School in the final of the Junior Shield in 1960 and lost 0-2 to Moorside School.

St Peter's School 1948'Back Row (players only) L-R: Peter Maguire, Joe Stephenson, Bob Jackson, Terry Jackson, Tom Callan, Colin Atkinson, John Smith, Colin Westworth'Front Row L-R: Tom Stephenson, Denis Brown, Ivan Anthony

St Peter's School 1948'Back Row (players only) L-R: Peter Maguire, Joe Stephenson, Bob Jackson, Terry Jackson, Tom Callan, Colin Atkinson, John Smith, Colin Westworth'Front Row L-R: Tom Stephenson, Denis Brown, Ivan Anthony