Longstowe Silver Jubilee Celebrations 1935
The photograph shows the enormous bonfire which was built in the field to the north of ’North Lodge’ to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Notice the vehicle in the foreground: this was the Rolls Royce in which Jack Perry chauffeured the Briscoes of Longstowe Hall, and which had been more recently converted into a farm pick-up truck for the Estate. Jack Perry is driving it in the photograph.
On the photograph are, left to right:
Back row: Bert Pettit, (in front: unknown rear view), Fred Unwin, John Holdway, Walter Tiller, Sonny Pettit, Billy Hart, Arthur Horton, Dick Cook, Percy Underwood.
Middle row: Harold Benstead, Oliver Cook, Wally Cook, Ted Unwin, Stan Pettit, Frank Hooton.
Front row: Bill Pettit, Sid Webb, Fred Holdway, Butler at the Hall, Jack Perry (in truck), Tom Leader, Ken Ford, (behind: Percy Riggs or Jack Webb), Reg Pettit, Arthur Skillings, Jim Lovell, (behind: unknown rear view).
The celebrations for the day were marked in the Press thus: “Jubilee Day celebrations commenced with a well-attended service at church in the morning. A cricket match for the men followed in the afternoon, and there were sports for the children and women on the lawn in front of Longstowe Hall. Then came a sumptuous repast, provided by Captain Briscoe, at which 253 sat down. Toasts were proposed to their Majesties the King and Queen, and the National Anthem was again sung. Cheers were also given for Captain Briscoe. The prizes were presented by Mrs. Briscoe, and mugs for the children by Mr Basil Briscoe. A dance in the marquee and a whist drive took place after tea, the proceedings being interrupted to enable all present to hear the King’s speech. After the whist prizes had been presented, a huge bonfire was lighted by Captain Briscoe, and all linked hands and sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’. So ended a perfect day.”