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Hospital Queen of Darfield and Low Valley

June 1938

Mexborough and Swinton Times June 10, 1938

Darfield was en fete on Tuesday when Miss Betty Marlow, of Vicar Road, was crowned by Miss P Taylor of Middlewood Hall, hospital Queen of Darfield and low Valley. More than 2000 people witnessed  the ceremony in glorious sunshine, in the cricket field in School Street.

The procession formed at low Valley in the afternoon and four hours before the streets were lined with people. Houses and streets were gaily decorated with flags and bunting.

Headed by the Wombwell Town Prize Band the procession was marshalled by Mr H Royston

The Queen with her retinue was preceded by Felix the dancer, Queen and attendants were mounted on a dray, and then followed Madge Lomax, a former low Valley Hospital Queen with her retinue, carloads of children, decorated tradesmen’s trains et cetera.

Behind were dozens of adults and children in every conceivable fancy dress. Then came a dray with Darfield Mothers Union members representing “A Christian Home” and other members representing various countries.

Darfield welfare followed with representation of Infant Welfare’s Centre, and an amusing tableau behind them represented the Dionne quintuplets.

On either side grotesque figures collected en route.

The procession left Stoneyford Road, and proceeded via George Street, Providence Street, Hope Street, Pitt Street, Snape Hill Road, new Street, Edward Street, Garden street, Barnsley Road, North Street, Eastleigh, County Road, School Street the cricket field and afterwards to Doncaster Road and Millhouses.