Growing flowers, veg and babies in 1950

The end of World War Two brought with it peace, extensive rebuilding and an awful lot of new babies.

Friday, 11th March 2016, 5:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:31 pm

By 1950, the baby boom was officially over but these little angels were still the apples of their parents’ eyes.

The picture was taken at the Fernhurst Horticultural Club’s annual flower and vegetable show, which was held in the grounds of Vicarage Park.

While the villagers showed off some impressive lettuces, mammoth marrows and more buckets of hydrangeas than one table should ever have to hold, the centre of attention went to the contestants in the baby show.

A report in the Observer said “practically every youngster in the village under the age of three years had been entered by proud parents”.

Proudest of all would have been Mr and Mrs Coombes, whose son Jeremy was judged to be champion baby.

Young Jeremy was part of the 18 months-three years class, which also saw Joan Cowen and Shanda Upperton receive prizes.

In the six-18 months class, Christopher Tallam took first prize and Timothy Randall was second.

First prize winner in the under six-month group was Elizabeth Vermady with Deidre Scott coming second.

It’s hard to believe that every one of those bouncing baby boys and girls are now pensioners.

The prizes were presented by Mrs Guy Morgan, wife of the society’s president.

It was a good day for Mrs Morgan, who won prizes for having the best collection of vegetables, the best carrots and the best runner beans.

Can anyone name any of these babies or their proud mums?

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