The 26th May 1947 was a Bank Holiday just as it is today in the U.K. although then it was known as Whit Monday.
On that day, my mum (Doreen Buckle) wrote in her diary (see this page for an explanation of the diary):
Got up, helped mother, altered dress.
Played in tournament with T.C.
Went to Cuban.
[A dance hall in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.]
Had a really smashing time.
Arthur was there. He is quite nice.
W.S. also there.
The tournament she played in with "T.C." was a tennis tournament at the local park.
Royston Park was created in 1927 (the year of Doreen's birth) on land purchased using money from the Miners' Welfare Fund. The miners had all contributed a small amount of money each week to pay for the park because the Council and the owners of the coal mine wouldn't.
Under the deeds of covenant, the land was to be used for the purpose of exercise and recreation and as determined by the Open Spaces Act 1906 was specifically intended to improve the social well-being, recreation and conditions of living of workers in or about the mines in the district in which the land was situated.
The Tennis Club was based at the Welfare Park and was a social group as well as a sports club with outings and events in addition to tennis practices and tournaments.
In the photograph below, my mum is on the left of the front row. The other young people? I don't know. On the back of the photo my mum wrote: Scarborough 1947 Tennis Club trip.
Scarborough is a seaside town on the Yorkshire coast and the photo has been taken in front of the sea wall; you can just see the sandy beach. It looks quite a chilly day but exactly when in 1947 isn't stated. Don't you love the clothes? Even though this is Austerity Britain they seem to have put their best clothes on for the day out. And not a pair of trousers for the girls to be seen; a skirt suit aka a costume looks popular and every one of the boys is wearing a tie. And don't they look like they're having a good time?
What strikes me about all the entries in the diary for May is how much happier Doreen seems. The weather was bright and sunny and she was out most evenings playing tennis and meeting friends. Such a contrast with the awful days of January and February in that worst winter on record.
The next day was another day off work:
27th May Tuesday
Up quite early.
Went bike ride with B.J and S.C. to Cawthorne. [A village some 6 or 7 miles to the west of Royston.]
Went in Park at night.
I am lovely and tanned.
And then back to work:
28th May Wednesday
Work once more after a glorious holiday.
P.S. Note the tea shop behind them where you can get cups and jugs of tea to take onto the beach: NO URNS USED!
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