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First School Queen

May 1939

Mexborough and Swinton May 12, 1939

First School Queen

Margaret Briscoe (13), daughter of Mr and Mrs. James Briscoe of John Street, has been chosen first “Queen”, of Great Houghton Council School, and will be crowned on June 7th.

Margaret, who is very popular among the other scholars, was selected as a result of a ballot in which every scholar of the school voted.

She will be fourteen on May 29th (Royal Oak Day). She will be crowned Rose Queen, and Mrs. Waite, the former headmistress of Great Houghton Council Infants’ School, who recently left Little Houghton to take up residence at Wombwell is to be asked, to perform the crowning ceremony.

During the summer for several seasons it has been the custom for scholars of the Council School to give a country dancing and gymnastic display on the school ground and parents have been invited to this. Mr. I. Sanders, head teacher, has decided to introduce several new ideas this year, and the money raised by a collection will, be given to the Old People’s Treat Fund at Houghton. The girls will give a display of Maypole dancing in addition tofolk-dancing.

Eight runners-up in the voting for Queen are to act as maid of honour. Margaret is very excited and happy at being chosen and already she and her mother are planning her dress which is to be of pink.