Picture stirs memories of Greatham Feast 1970s-style!

Joan Sisson, Kitty Harmison and Yvonne Crone at Greatham Feast.
Joan Sisson, Kitty Harmison and Yvonne Crone at Greatham Feast.

Our stories of Greatham Feast in years gone by brought back memories for a lot of people.

Recently, we carried a photograph of three happy ladies dressed as lady jockeys and having a great time at the annual event in the 1970s.

We asked who they were and got a reply in no time at all from Julie Hogan, who said they were her mum Joan Sisson, Kitty Harmison and Yvonne Crone.

Julie also reckons the photograph would have been taken in around 1976.

Our thanks go to her for getting in touch, and we will be carrying more on the feast in the days to come.

The Feast is one of England’s longest running traditions, and is 555 years old this year.

The 2016 event begins on Thursday, June 23, and continues until Sunday, June 26.

Highlights will include darts and dominoes competitions, the yard of ale contest and a children’s five-a-side football tournament.

There will be a pensioners’ tea party and a baby show, as well as the traditional service at the parish church of St John the Baptist.

On the Saturday afternoon, crowds will gather on the village green after the fancy dress parade.

Greatham Feast has been held in the village since the 15th century to help bring the community together, and to mark the birthday of St John the Baptist, which is on June 24.

What are your memories of the annual tradition?

Contact Chris Cordner by emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk