Retro Bells: Remembering Crowle’s entertainers

Crowle Star Pierrots.
Crowle Star Pierrots.

This week in Retro Bells we are taking a look at how Isle of Axholme residents kept their spirits up in times of conflict.

The picture above shows the Crowle Star Pierrots, a local entertainments group, posing together in 1918.

An amateur dramatics society from Crowle.

An amateur dramatics society from Crowle.

In those days villages countrywide produced many homespun shows of all kinds.

No doubt this particular group was very much appreciated by Crowle residents, and especially during the time of the First World War.

Crowds of hundreds of people were known to gather to watch the Pierrots as they took to the stage to perform for the evening.

The group was made up of talented individuals from Crowle, from all different backgrounds.

Popular singer Charles Webster, stands second from the left, Roland Oxenforth, a Crowle signwriter, reclines front right and Winnie Balding is seated on the far right.

Amateur dramatic societies were hugely popular in the Isle of Axholme throughout the first half of the 20th century - and many are still well-thought of today.

In the second picture above we can see the Crowle-based group in the 1930s - just a few years before Britain was gearing up to go to war.

Group members posed for a picture in full costume before a performance of ‘She Stoops To Conquer’.

First left on the back row is Miss Howly, fourth left is Lily Fillingham and on the far right is Miss Goodison. Far left on the middle row is Mary Hobson, centre is Mrs Sales and right of her is Doris Wroot. The ladies at the front are Cora Cranidge, left, and Mrs Thornton.

The concerts, plays and pantomimes were put on at the Market Hall, which also served as Crowle’s picture house.