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John White's Sports Ground
Impregnable Sports Club & Events

clubhouse & pavilion
Club House & Pavilion

Programme for 1938 Sports Day
Programme for 1938 Sports Day
advert and Queen Peggy
Queen & attendants
Queen Peggy and attendants

Fancy Dress competition entrants
Fancy Dress competition entrants on the pavilion steps c1950s

John White's Sports Pavilion
Back Row l to r: M.Bailey, C. Jones, Anon
Front Row l to r: B. Stokes, D.Cowper, S. Sawford.

The Shoe & Leather News, July 29th, 1954

John White Sports Day
CONSIDERABLE success attended the first post-war sports and family day organised by the Impregnable Sports Club of John White Footwear Ltd., on the firm's sports ground at Rushden on July 24th.

Scores of prizes won in athletic events and competitions were distributed by Mrs. John White, who was accompanied by Mr. White (president of the club).

Memories: I worked for John White shoes at Lime Street, factory with the occasional venture over to the Higham Ferrers unit.

I started as a young trainee under the guidance of Mr Walter "Flapper" Bryant, who taught me all there was to know about Shoe Making including all aspects of Hand Lasting.

One thing I have noticed is the absence of any mention of Mr. White's love of Green Bowls. I remember many summer evenings playing at the Bowling Greens at Bedford Road ground. I was encouraged to make my own pair of Bowling Shoes (I had to pay for the materials) and I still have those Shoes till this day.

I have many happy memories of working at Lime Street and still think of some of the guys I worked with and learned the trade from.

Mr. John White had a bowling green fit for County Matches built in the grounds of his house. It was a grand set up with changing room, and scoreboard, the lot. The house stood in the Wellingborough Road, just opposite the turning for Hayway. We, as the workers, never got to visit or play on the Private Green. I personally never saw Mr. White play, however he was a staunch supporter of the game.

George Holmes, Rugby.

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