Fete takings 1955

Sixty years ago the fete was held on June 25th which was, of course, a Saturday

The accounts for this fete give an indication of the way times have changed. We have a list of stalls, people who ran them and how much they took.

1955 Market Lavington Fete takings. Click the picture to enlarge it.

1955 Market Lavington Fete takings. Click the picture to enlarge it.

The figure of almost £267 may seem quite low, but to match it today the fete would need to clear about £6000.

But it is the individual items which give an indication of change. There was no Pimms back then although teas and ice creams were available. There’s no indication of barbecued foods either. There are clearly old favourites, like guess the name of the dressed doll, guess the weight of the cake, guess how many sweets in the jar etc. These are the small side stalls that fetes still tend to have.

We don’t know what happened in ‘farthings’ or threepenny pieces. Was it essentially a donation of these coins? And maybe somebody who reads this can let us know what the stall ‘Joe Soap’ actually was.

No doubt the folks enjoyed themselves just as they still do today.

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