At the last meeting, members enjoyed a colourful and descriptive presentation by Carol Bosworth which she entitled Life is a Carnival. Based on her lifelong connections and appearances with Herne Bay carnival, she explained that her very first appearance was in 1945 when she wasone of the fairies on the Muriel Hasiand Ballet School of Dancing float.
Some of the highlights she remembered most were when she was elected Miss Herne Bay in 1963; when her son joined her as a baby as Space Aliens in 1968 and when she acquired her Sinclair CS vehicle in 1998 and invented her Pip the Clown character. She illustrated her talk with photographs taken from every year through the decades right up to date and gave fascinating details of how she had made many of the costumes using innovative and – unusual materials and artefacts. She concluded by saying that next year, 2015, will be her 70th continuous year of appearing in the carnival and she hopes to make it a spectacular appearance. What a fantastic record to hold and what a fascinating talk. A collection of copies of local prewar Blue Book directories were available for members to look up their addresses to discover previous residents of their houses, as was the Dead Man’s penny for Harry Gammon recently donated to the society.
The next meeting of the society will be on Thursday, December 4, at the Lower Hall United Reform Church, High Street, Herne Bay. Margaret Burns will be giving a talk entitled The Three B’s – Some aspects of the Explosive History of Faversham. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Visitors are welcome at £2, members free. For information on meetings or the society, phone 01227 366863 or email HBHRS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Herne Bay Gazette, December 4th 2014