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Longridge's First Rose Queen

Longridge's First Rose Queen
Edith Muriel Crozier

People in this photograph (from left): Edith Muriel Crozier.

Photograph Taken: 1924/25
Photographer: Unknown
Catalogue Reference: 11JB22A
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This archive entry is © Longridge Heritage Centre.

This archive entry is courtesy of Jean Blackshaw.

Edith Muriel Crozier, the first girl to be chosen as the Rose Queen in Longridge, believed to be in the year 1924.  The election of the Rose Queen was by fellow pupils of the Sunday School.  Edith is shown in the grounds of the Old Vicarage on Lower Lane with her attendants and the Rev. Canton (the vicar at the time) and his wife.

Edith (known as Muriel) was born on 20th August 1908, the daughter of George Crozier and his wife, who owned a jeweller’s shop in Berry Lane.  Mr Crozier was killed in action in France in1918 and his wife continued the business on her own.  Muriel attended Balshaws Grammar School in Leyland, travelling there by train from Longridge Station, before training as a teacher at Whitelands College in Putney.  She was headmistress of Thornley School from about 1950 to 1965 under her married name of Mrs Sharp.  She organised annual days out from the school; particularly memorable were a trip to London in the Coronation year 1953 and one to Glasgow including a sail on the Clyde.  She maintained a strong connection with the church, singing in St Paul’s choir for many years and being a member of the PCC.  She was also a keen member of Longridge Golf Club.  She died in 1991 at the age of 82 and is buried in the churchyard of the parish church.

Muriel’s Rose Queen dress is in the care of the Longridge Heritage Centre Trust

Photograph and information supplied by Jean Blackshaw, nee Sharp, Muriel’s daughter.

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