Sandra was the May Queen in 1971


1971 was the year sixpence was suddenly only worth two-and-a-half pence, Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup and Margaret Thatcher decided schoolchildren didn’t need free milk.

Decimalisation, football and politics were probably the last things on the mind of 11-year-old Sandra Birchmore, who had been named Coolham School’s May Queen.

Sandra was pictured in the West Sussex County Times surrounded by her attendants, train bearers, heralds and a jester. She was crowned by her predecessor, Mandy Christmas, before the children marched from the school to the village hall.

Among Sandra’s team were: her attendants Gillian Clifford-Smith, 11, and Carole Leach, 10; train bearer Sarah Aspinall, 6; heralds Peter Grist, 9, and Charles Brooke, 10. The court jester was Jeremy Ingall, 11.

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