LOOKING BACK: The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room at a Peterborough press ball.
The elephant in the room at a Peterborough press ball.
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I’ve heard the phrase “elephant in the room’’ but I’d never seen the picture... until now! Emma Riley got in touch in the hope we can provide some answers about the picture which was taken at a Peterborough Press Ball.

Emma wants to know the date of the Ball which she believes was in the early 1960s.

Posh fans on the Glebe Road terrace. Can you date the picture?

Posh fans on the Glebe Road terrace. Can you date the picture?

Emma’s aunt, Judith Barnes (nee Rogers)is pictured in the centre.

If anyone can help Emma please get in touch, particularly if you can also explain why a baby elephant was the guest of honour!

Another reader has been in touch with a picture of Posh fans. Maddie Fisher wrote: “This photo has been in our family album for many years. It shows a scene from the Glebe Road terrace off London Road.

“My father, uncle and brother, lifelong Posh fans, always stood in this part of the ground. My brother, Jed Dixon can be seen three rows back wearing the bobble hat and our father, Reg Dixon is standing just behind him. Our uncle, his brother, is standing to dad’s left. Although his name was Charles he was known to all as “Boff”.

Peterborough Regional College students.

Peterborough Regional College students.

“Jed believes the photo was taken during the 1969/70 season. Sadly Reg and Boff have both passed away but I remember many stories of their adventures travelling to away games, often by train on the “Football Specials”.

“Hope you find this of interest – you never know some readers may recognise themselves from over 45 years ago!’’

The other pictures were taken in the late 1990s and show why Telegraph photographers are always grateful to readers who will ham it up for the camera.

The “Men In Black are visual and perfroming arts sturdents from Peterborough Regional College launching their festival.

What are the staff at Oakdale school up to?

What are the staff at Oakdale school up to?

The “ginger-haired’’ staff are from Oakdale School – presumably paying tribute to head John Yardy (right) on Red Nose Day.

Finally, can you guess what the welders from N Class fabrications in Thorney were up to?

It turns out they were waiting for an eclipse. Give yourself a bonus point if you can name them!

Thorney welders taking no chances

Thorney welders taking no chances

AERIAL VIEW: A fantastic picture of Town Bridge taken in 1931. The old Custom House remains today but not much else.

AERIAL VIEW: A fantastic picture of Town Bridge taken in 1931. The old Custom House remains today but not much else.