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Kathleen Mary Ward, Carnival Queen, 1930

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

Carnival Queen 1930

Miss Kathleen Mary Ward was crowned Queen of the Cotton Carnival in July 1930. Seventeen-year-old Kathleen was carried on a golden throne in a procession through the town from Old Town to Royal Prince's Parade. Horrockses of Manchester featured largely in the event, staging mannequin parades and providing prizes for many competitions.

Kathleen was the daughter of Mr and Mrs F. Ward, of Haslemere Avenue.

Right: Sunshine Girls of Bridlington. Bathing beauties Mrs C. F. Dunn, Miss Vera Simpson, Miss Betty Salmon and Miss Kathleen Ward (right in both pictures) in 1934. The car was first prize in a competition to attract visitors to Bridlington.

Some years ago, a bundle of photographs was bought at the saleroom and they showed Kathleen through her life until she was an elderly lady. She is shown driving a car, mounted on a camel with a pyramid in the background, on the beach at Flamborough, on a ship registered in Venice, standing beside a huge St Bernard dog, pushing a pram on Brid's north promenade, sitting in the shade of an umbrella on Egyptian ruins, and surrounded by pigeons in St Mark's Square. In some pictures she is accompanied by her husband.