A ragged photo

Yes, this recently given photo is ragged and has no information with it, but we like it and hope to find out more.

Here’s the photo.

Not much known - but a delightful group of musicians

Not much known – but a delightful group of musicians

The ability of local folks to dress up and have a good time is well known and this would seem to be a case in point. This group of chaps have dressed up and have some kind of musical instrument. Whether they produced music might be open to doubt. That they had a good time doing it is absolutely certain.

We are not certain of anything about this photo. We don’t know when it was taken but surmise it was for either a Hospital Week or perhaps for one of the royal celebrations in the 1930s.

We are not sure where it was taken. The person who gave us the photo spent her childhood in Eastcott and Easterton and is now in Market Lavington. And we are not sure who is in the picture. Maybe a reader can help us with that.

If the person on the left really is one legged then he could be Laurie Plank. We have met Laurie before on this blog with a West Park Dairy wagon. Laurie worked for West Park Farm. Here he is again.

Laurie Plank of Parsonage Lane was West Park Farm's one legged dairyman

Laurie Plank of Parsonage Lane was West Park Farm’s one legged dairyman

We rather like the person dressed as Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin and others!

Charlie Chaplin and others!

That’s a dinky little saxophone he’s holding. But one chap has an accordion. He might have produced music.

Do please get in touch if you can tell us any more about this photo. Either leave a blog comment or contact the curator.


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2 Responses to “A ragged photo”

  1. Pam Ley Says:

    Well when enlarged it certainly looks like a long stick beside the man in the bottom picture, as if it’s for a crutch.

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      You are right Pam – it looks like the old crutch we have in the museum – but it was, clearly a fancy dress occasion and he might have a leg there somewhere. I rather thought he’d have the crutch on the missing leg side.


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