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.
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.
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.
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.