Capital Day out for Bondor Girls!

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Mrs Gladys Imber of Sutton kindly brought in this delightful photograph of smartly-dressed Kayser Bondor girls enjoying a day out in London in 1953, just before the Coronation. The picture of the five young women was taken in Trafalgar Square.

They all worked at the well-known ladies’ hosiery and underwear factory in Biggleswade (which also had a large factory in Baldock - now Tesco) and had been asked to go the Army & Navy Store at Victoria where they had to demonstrate garments being made up.

Gladys recalls: “Hundred of people came to see us. It was quite nerve racking.” She can also remember being interested in the preparations for the Coronation that were taking place at the time. “We could see all the scaffolding being erected as we walked around” says Gladys. And she had fun marching beside a guard outside Buckingham Palace in an attempt to get him to talk to her!

The girls are listed rom left to right in the photo by their maiden names. They are: Gladys who was then Gladys Hills; Pam Infield; Joan Gentel; Daphne O’Dell and the late Vinny Presland.