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Evacuees' Birthday Celebrations at Hostel

1st April 1941

evacuees Birthday Celebrations at HostelA group of evacuees at the Queen Street, Hostel, Bideford on the occasion of a recent birthday celebration.  They were dressed in the costumes of many nations, had a special tea, and concluded with games, entertainment and dancing.

The occasion celebrated three birthdays - those of Leslie Crisp and Jack Everard, two evacuees from London, and Nurse K Humphrey, daughter of the Master and Matron (Mr & Mrs F W Humphrey), who came from Bexhill.

Costumes were made by the matron while others were loaned by members of the W V S.

After tea Mr S R Dark and Mr John Lee entertained the party with conjuring and paper tearing of designes and also provided music for dancing.

Names of people in photograph: In the centre are sitting the Master and Matron and Nurse Humphrey is in the top right hand corner, and Miss Morgan, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Mills (staff of the Hostel) are seen among those standing.  Children present are Jack and Colin Everard, Ronald and John Mills, Lucy Blanks,Hazel Smythson, Charles Miller, Leslie Crisp, Harry and Reggie Norman, Betty and Dorothy Aldridge; Lily Schols, Brian Landlands, John Eccot, George Batstone, Eric Drake, David Yallop, Lillian Horsburgh, Douglas and Roy Wickenden, Pat Bennett, Edna and Ivy Blake, Peter Burridge, Barbara Gater, Leslie Moorecroft, Grace Edwards, Sheila and Pat Evans, William Cartwright, Jean Eastwell, Iris Scott, Marjorie Fillingham.  Also in the picture are Mrs Moy (official evacuation helper) and daughter and Mrs Crisp (official evacuation helper) and her two daughters.

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