Fun for young and old
This is Westward Ho! Carnival Week. Organised under the auspices of Northam and Westward Ho! Chamber of Commerce, it presents a series of colourful, interesting and amusing events to swell the funds for the Kingsley (War Memorial) Hall.
The ball was set rolling on Sunday afternoon, on the beach with a sand castle competition for children under 12. Entries were judged by the Westward Ho! Carnival Queen and her two attendants. Winners were Lesley Jay and Richard Dunn; Julian Ball and Roger Slocombe; Ann Pooley and Michael Davies.
In the evening, in the Kingsley Hall, Mr Clifford Grout conducted the Northam Choral Society in a programme of sacred music. Accompanists were Rita Milner and Grace Trapnell. The ‘mystery man’ came on the scene on Monday and was challenged by 10 years old Anthony Norris.
There were 18 tables for the grand whist drive and prize winners were: Mrs Mounce; Mrs Moore; Mr Hayes; Mr F A Norris; Mr M Donaldl; Mr R W Branch. Booby prizes were won by Mrs Portman and Mrs Jewell. The winner of the lucky draw ticket was Mr Tom Blackmore.
Fifty entries were received for a carnival baby competition. Judges were Miss O R Guscott (Matron, Fairlea Nursery) and Miss H M Cook (Matron, Westmead Nursery). There were assisted by Misses B Hurford and J Parkhouse of the Fairlea Nursery. Prize winners were Margaret Bowden, Stephen Hobbs, Susan Albon, Margaret Mortimer, John Wilson, Jennifer Lean, Janet Wilson, Gillain Withecombe, Susan Pickett, Susan Crawford, Lyn Steadman, Elizabeth Wilson.
Organiser of the event was Miss B Backhouse.
Miss Joyce Lancaster of Overborough, Westward Ho! was crowned Carnival Queen that evening by last year’s queen, Miss Mary Crawford. Her senior attendants were Miss Nesta Hilder, Point Garry, Westward Ho!, and the queen’s sister, Miss Lyn Lancaster. The queen’s train was carried by Jennifer Cooper and Sandra Jones. Pamela Wyatt was crown-bearer.
Gifts to mark the occasion were presented by Mr W Powell, the chairman of the Westward Ho! Carnival Committee. Dancing was to Alex Blackmore and his band.
The mystery man for the day was challenged by David Norris.
On the green all day Wednesday a putting competition was held. The winner was Mr A Cook.
A Carnival ball and cabaret was held with dancing to the music of the Silver Chords and entertainment by Edwin the Magician and the Mary Symons School of Dancing.
The Carnival week was arranged by a Committee consisting of: Mr W Powell, Miss S Hoskin, Mrs Ridley, Mesdames Hoslin, Powell, Sparkes, Dickens, Miss A Hoskin, Messrs Hutchings, Twose, Ball, Keen, Hambly, Davidson, Wilkinson, Bridger, Yatman, Crawford, Hoskin.