Can you name church children? Sunday school group from Sleaford’s Congregational Church in 1950s is rediscovered and who recalls grass trackers?

Graham Wright's photo of a Christmas pageant at the Sleaford Congregational Church in Southgate, during the mid-1950s. EMN-180813-151036001
Graham Wright's photo of a Christmas pageant at the Sleaford Congregational Church in Southgate, during the mid-1950s. EMN-180813-151036001

We have images from two different decades of Sleaford life this week in our Nostalgia page.

Graham Wright, from Bedford, emailed The Standard explaining he had recently discovered a photograph from the mid 1950s of a Christmas pageant at the Sleaford Congregational Church in Southgate (now the Riverside Church).

July 1969 - a grass track inter club event between Sleaford and Sturton by Stow. EMN-180813-151357001

July 1969 - a grass track inter club event between Sleaford and Sturton by Stow. EMN-180813-151357001

He writes: “I attended the Sunday School and I am ‘Faith’ in the centre of the picture. My brother Michael is in front of the ‘lighthouse’.”

He went on: “The lady on the left was Mrs Wilcox who lived on West Banks in a house that used to be on the site of the car park over the first pedestrian bridge. She had two sons, John and David. The lady in the centre wearing the hat was Mrs Hallam and I think that the lady on the extreme right was Sheila Overton who lived in Ancaster. Mr Overton played the organ at the services.”

He hopes readers will identify some of the other children.

○ In our other two archive photos we have an inter club grass track race between Sleaford and Sturton by Stow in July 1969. The cars do not even have doors, but where was the venue?

July 1969 - a grass track inter club event between Sleaford and Sturton by Stow. EMN-180813-151408001

July 1969 - a grass track inter club event between Sleaford and Sturton by Stow. EMN-180813-151408001