An entry to Sepia Saturday. "Using old images as prompts for new reflections"
But I'm going to go forward in time from this photo when aged about 9 I joined my friends Jean and Marie in the St John's Ambulance brigade. For a year our time was spent recognising symptoms and practising bandaging but then there was great excitement for our troop was going to go away on a parade. My memory is hazy of its purpose, it was some kind of rally, but it was certainly a big deal. We spent the next weeks doing first aid but mostly practising marching, turning and looking left and right plus ensuring our uniforms were in tip top condition for the trip. We were to be inspected by Princess Margaret, who was Commandant in Chief of the cadet section of the St John's Ambulance. Our marching practice over we set off to join hundreds of other troops from across the country. I have no memory of where we went I can only narrow it down to Lancashire but it was a huge venue and we lined up in our hundreds. The Princess appeared in full uniform motoring along the serried ranks standing up in a land rover but what intrigued us girls the most was the thickness of her make up. To get back to the theme of "Sepia Saturday" when the marching and inspection was over we were dropped off here