Mail costume brings back happy memories for Jill

John and Jill Wright with the 1953 fancy dress outfit - a replica of the Market Rasen Mail of the day
John and Jill Wright with the 1953 fancy dress outfit - a replica of the Market Rasen Mail of the day
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Memories of six decades ago came flooding back to a former Market Rasen resident after a chance discovery in her late mother’s home.

Jill Wright, nee Beckett, well remembers the fancy dress parade held in the town when she was 10 years old to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

She was delighted to find her mother had kept the costume she wore all those years ago.

And what an exclusive outfit it was - depicting the Market Rasen Mail edition of that historic week, the Saturday before the Coronation, May 30.

“My mother took the material along to the Rasen Mail printing office and asked if they would run that week’s edition on to it and they did,” said Jill.

“I remember it rained on the day of the Coronation and my best friend won the fancy dress.

“She was dressed as Elizabeth I and I was a little miffed as her outfit had been bought.”

Jill has happy memories of her childhood in the town, where her father, Horatio Vincent Beckett but known as Joe, was a solicitor and member of the Urban District Council.

The family lived at Ashleigh House in Kilnwell Road, now part of Town and Country Kiddies .

“It was a wonderful family home and I am so pleased, and know my mother would have been too, that children are still running around in it.”

Jill moved away when she went to University and spent her working life in the south of the country.

And it was here she met her husband John, who, by coincidence, also has connections with the area.

His grandfather farmed at Risby Moor Farm in Tealby and his great-uncle was Arthur Wright, the area’s 
famous mole catcher