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whit sunday customs in Sheffield

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can anyone remember back in the early 1950,s the custom of being bought your new spring clothes[bought from Banners with a Banners cheque] and going round the neighbours on Whit Sunday to show them off and get a few pennies for them .I quess we would almost call it begging nowadays but we all did it.I lived at number 53 Pipworth road on the Manor Estate.     Pauline

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I was only talking about this at work today. Whit Sun clothes which you then wore at school for the annual photo. We also had Whit Monday clothes.

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Hi Pauline, I remember in the late 50s to 60s, always having something NEW at Whit. That's when we got put in Spring clothes. Mum used to make most of my clothes when I was little, and Whit was the time I always had a New Dress and a Duster Coat, made out of cotton, that fastened with one button at the top. It was usual that I got a pair of sandals then to go through the summer. Never heard of the visiting neighbours and being given money. I remember going to see my cousin in a Whit Sunday Parade in Richmond Park, nothing like that seems to go on much now, it's such a shame.

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Here I am on right with my next door but one friend Philip Nicholas in 1950 with our new Whit clothes. Its interesting to note that we didn't wear long trousers until we went to secondary school. Whit was a great time. I was in Boys  Brigade  at Grimesthorpe Reform Chapel & we had great parades in  Whit Monday up to Firth Park for meeting then back. Some photos below taken 1952 (first & 3rd photo & 1961 second). I am on 1961 photto -side drummer at front on right. The crowds lining the route were really big .  In afternoon we had games in Firth Park followed by a tea. Whit Tuesday was always a hike in Derbyshire. Great times!

john with phillip nicholas whit 1950 in our new clothes.jpg

Whit _parade 1952 edt.jpg

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whitwalk 1952 ish.jpg

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Yes it was the only time we had new clothes, once a year.  Most of us went to Banners or Blanchards with Provident cheques, in other words paying for them weekly.

I remember my new pink dress from Blanchards and a  new pair of red shoes from Langtons then a long march behind the band to Weston Park where most of the bands finished their journey

by then my feet were full of bleeding blisters from the new shoes. But we still had fun spending our Whitsun money on ice-creams.

K  Whitsuntide age 7.JPG

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Both from Meersbrook Bank Methodist Chapel

Whit Monday, Queens out side Meersbrook Bank Chapel.jpg

Whit Monday, Queen (Jean) and Captain (Kevin) 1964 June(20150726-114937).jpg

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I remember, as a small boy, the Whitsun parade in Gleadless, as it went right past our house on Gleadless Avenue. How proud I was, as a slightly larger boy, actually to take part in it with the group from our Sunday School. I don't remember my clothes being brand new for the occasion but I do remember Mum making sure that I was turned out smartly, shoes shined, hair tamed and so on.

I don't know if they still have the parade but I fear not.

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Harold Wilson's messing around with the calendar with his introduction of May Day and Spring Bank Holiday had much to do with the rapid demise of Whitsuntide as a popular holiday with its Star walk, Whit processions and new clothes ( mine were usually bought for me from the Co Op in town)

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My Granddad told me they were that poor he only got a new hat for Whit Sunday and just looked at the parade through the front room window  

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I remember the Whitsun clothes and Banners. I lived down Attercliffe so Banners was our nearest department store. It had those tubes down which your money was sent.

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