Our painting display was always a feature of Western Days at Guildford Mall. We donated a painting to be raffled each year. There would be a big pancake breakfast, and then the Cloverdale Parade to participate in.
They had picked girls to be the Queen and princesses and they were in attendance at the pancake breakfast.
One year we took Linda Rivers (Audrey’s daughter) and her cousin, Evie Joseph – both were Percy’s nieces! – with us, in costume. They stole the show. The Queen and her princesses were not too happy.
Linda looked like Sophia Loren, and Evie was quite beautiful, as well.
They went in the parade with us … they walked with Mickey, while I rode a beautiful black horse, despite wearing a dress! We were part of the Guildford contingent that included Al Principe, the manager of Woodward’s, and a couple of other VIP’s, so it was fun! Lots of comments about our costumes. We participated in the parade two or three years.
The manager of the mall said that we were good for the mall, so we got very special treatment. We worked with security for the mall as well as Woodward’s security, without any of the teenagers knowing anything about that connection.
I just remembered that I rode in another parade in Langley one time, too. I forget whose horse I had, but Harry Reifle supplied the saddle.
[I’m only going to be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week.
On the ‘in between’ days perhaps you’ll visit me on my Flickr page.]