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Midday Dance, Flora Day, Coinagehall Street, Helston, July 1910

NumberHESFM:1977.1088
PlaceCoinagehall Street, Helston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date7.1910
KeywordsHelston Local Customs Flora Day Midday Dance Coinagehall Street
PhotographerUnknown
Copyright© Helston Museum

The Midday Dance, Flora Day, 1910, when, owing to the death of King Edward VII on 6th May 1910, Flora Day was held in July. The couples are dancing up Coinagehall Street, Helston, on the pavement behind the parked horse buses. The Helston and St Keverne Telegraph can be clearly seen and there are beautifully dressed spectators balancing on the other horse buses to gain a viewing advantage. The leading gentlemen are wearing black top hats, but behind them are other dancers sporting flat caps and boaters. Perhaps some of the dances were combined? More research is needed to clarify this. The last of the 'top hatted' dancers are passing in front of the fruiterers shop belonging to 'Anthony and Sons.' Many young ladies can be seen leaning out of upstairs windows to view the proceedings.