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Whitsun journey to Barry Island was a real treat

DAN O'Neill is not quite correct when he said St Pat's went to Barry Island for their Whitsun treat. That was our Corpus Christi treat two weeks after Whitsun when we had our Corpus Christi procession and on the following Friday we went to Barry Island.

It cost two shillings and sixpence, that paid our fare and tea in the cafe of a sticky bun, sandwich, jelly and ice-cream.

Afterwards our parents would collect us.

It was the Sunday schools around St Samson's, St Dyfrig's, Saltmead Hall who had Whitsun treats. They walked around the local streets on Whit Sunday and went off for their outings Whit Monday.

My father worked on a Hancock's lorry and the lorries were hired for Whitsun treats. My five sisters and I always went to a Whitsun treat. My mother made our clothes and at Whitsun we had three dresses - a special one to wear with a new hat to mass on Whit Sunday, an ordinary one to wear to the Treat and an extra special one for Corpus Christi.

Incidentally my young sister was in Dan's class at St Patrick's - those were the days.

Marjorie Dolan (nee Kennedy) Hendy Street Roath Park
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 8, 2009
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