Leafing through the pages of the parade and comparing them to a few clips of this year's parade I wonder if children would even know this nursery rhyme? The theories (yes there are entire books of the meaning behind various childhood rhymes) about who the lady is are many - Good Queen Bess? Lady Godiva? a local Banburian beauty? - an in some versions she becomes an old lady or has even had gender-realignment and is Young Johnny or Tommy. I remember this was the little song that accompanied many a leg-horsy ride when I was a tot.
My friend Judy tells me she was a participant in the parade for ten years starting in the 1952 parade. She says " (I) gradually worked my way up from a little kid sitting on a float, to walking for miles (usually with something outlandish on my head) to the 'crowning' glory of bring one of the major characters with a huge skirt and tiara." So she was one of those lucky kids I was so envious of!!
CFRB began to broadcast daily progress updates tracing Santa's progress from the North Pole to Toronto - culminating in a vivid description festive march on the big arrival day itself. It was a bright break in a time when news was anything but.
Just a few more pages left to colour until the main event of the day: Santa arrives!
November 25 - 1120: The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England.