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1958: Christine twice on TV screen in three weeks

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Christine Fraser (left) with Sarah Penders at Wivelsfield Green in 1958

Christine Fraser who appeared at Whiteman''s Green Donkey Derby appeared more than once locally also also twice on TV in three weeks including a well known quiz.

It was the second television appearance in three weeks for vivacious 17-year-old Windmill girl Christine Fraser, of 9b, Warwick Parade, Belmont Circle, when she appeared in the Michael Miles show Take Your Pick, on ITV on Friday.

Her previous appearance was as the narrator in an Indonesian mime ballet. In 'On Stage'.

Christine had lived in Stanore all her life. She attended Priestmead and Belmont schools, where she first took a liking to dancing and dramatics.

Publicity shot of Christine

On leaving school she took a job as a clerk in a solicitors office, in order to save up enough to start at the Peggy Bennett Dancing School in Wembley. After she had trained for three weeks Mr Van Damm sew her and was so impressed with her looks and personality, that he gave her an engagement on the spot.

Christine has a most unusual hobby - that of donkey racing. Last year she won the Windmill Trophy Race at the August Bank Holiday meeting at Mill Hall Farm, Whitemans Green, Sussex, organised by the Cuckfield Donkey Racing Club.

The Observer and Gazette. 6 March 1958

Donkey Racing

Windmill Girls will be competing against Television Toppers in a series of donkey sulky races at Cuckfield on August Bank Holiday. Organised by the Cuckfield Donkey Racing Club, the gross receipts for the meeting on August Bank Holiday last year were £1,142 14s. 7d. and expenses were £210 18s. Id. The whole of the net profit. £931 16s 6d, was donated to 19 local charities. Since the inception of donkey racing in Sussex just five years ago, over £25,000 has been raised for charity. The Stage, 31 July 1958

also see:

Visit Cuckfield Museum, follow the link for details

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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