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Life and Times in pictures: Miss Mercier of Gloucestershire

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

  • Community Work in the seventies

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Sporting a silk pink sash in an old photograph in Gloucester is usually a sure sign of the lady in question being Miss Gloucester.

Yet a recent photograph has proven this assumption to be wrong, as one reader was able to point out.

Friday’s Life and Times featured a group of men and women in their finest attire, bow ties and floor length gowns.

David Dale, 79, from Longlevens, spotted himself in the photo, second from the right wearing glasses.

He said: “We were the Independent Order of Foresters, a life insurance company and we carried out a lot of voluntary work in the county.

“I was one of the officers and worked as treasurer during my time there.

“We regularly ran dances and social evenings to raise money and had some enjoyable evenings with friends of the organisation.”

David was able to identify a few faces in the crowd and could tell us who the lady with the sash was.

Known formerly as Miss Mercier of the Gloucestershire branch, her name was Pamela Smith.

She held an annual title which passed on to David’s daughter the year after this photograph was taken.

Second from the left is a well-known Gloucestershire figure standing with his wife sitting in front of him.

Frank Ford was the Radio Glos presenter in the seventies and some will remember his weather forecasting well.

A mark of their commitment, all locals pictured wore the Foresters medal and David suspects the photograph was taken in the late seventies.

Do you recognise anybody else?


Gloucester has always prided itself on the close communities which, at times of struggle, have come together in charitable work.

These pictures were part of a collection at the Gloucestershire Archives labelled ‘community project’s, but what exactly were they?

Be it painting school fences or classroom interiors, what it is evident from these photographs are the helping hands always at the ready.

Are you pictured here taking part?

Do you recall the year these photographs were taken?

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