Tideswell Tales

Voices and Pictures from Tideswell and Litton's recent past

Majorettes Legs

Beryl Robinson describes working in the chemist in Tideswell and making their own dye for the majorettes to put on their legs for the Wakes performances.

“I loved it, because in those days we used to make our own hand cream, in a little pink jar, and that was called ‘Margaret Rose’; and then there was a jar of light hand cream, there was cough medicines, I used to do cooling powders for babies when they was teething, and it was like a strip of paper which you put this powder in, folded it over, put it over a wooden block and turn the corners in. They were cooling powders for babies, and then always at Wakes, we started with the leg make-up. That was for the Majorettes, we sold bottle after bottle of that, we had to get it the right shade and we also made glycerine lemon and honey. I can remember the big tins of honey, with the big bear on.”

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About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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