Reading Royals Christmas Show 1970 - 19th December



15 months on from being founded (14th September 1969) the club produced its first ever Christmas Show. A seat for the show cost one shilling (5p)!

Reading town centre - Christmas 1970



Left to right: Kim Slade, Linda Carcas, Kim Beat, Mary Russell, Anne Thompson, Linda Blake, Sandra Jones,


Jane Fich, Eileen McEnhill, Susan McEnhill, Hilary Fitch, Miriam Davis, Joanna Sim, Kathleen Townsend


Heather Cameron, Patricia Bell, Jackie Cox, Linda Mahon-Daly, Jackie Mullen, Jackie Sim, Karen Gardiner,


Janet Marven, Diane Goddard, Lorraine Carcas, Jenny Tee, Lynne Martin, Susan Macdonald, Judy Wood,


Patricia Ash-Edwards, Gillian Cole, Sharon Beabey, Margaret Reeve, Elizabeth Sutton, Irene Balmer.

Photo: thanks to ex swimmer Sarah Clough for the photo

For the previous two years the 'Gala' had been held in Zurich and GB were hosting for the first time. Extracts here from the programme relating to the club and GB, kindly supplied by ex RR Swimmer Sarah Ford (neeHartley).

Andrea Holland, Ann Clark (Manager), Jackie Cox, Anne Russell, Kay Spencer, Carolyn Wilson, Brenda Holland (Coach), Judy Garratt, Jacinta Murray, Angela Kenyon, Catherine Young

JACKIE COX- GB and European Solo and Duet Champion.


Jackie who learnt to swim at age 7, took up syncho at 9. She joined the Reading club at the age of 11 where she has remained. Formerly she trained daily in between school lessons at various swimming pools. Now swimming is her full time occupation, the present aim being to qualify for the 3rd World Championships in West Berlin next year. More at bottom of the section

Image (right) of the then GB team which at the time contained three RR swimmers. The full programme notes are clickabe at the bottom of the section.

THE GREAT BRITAIN DUET - Andea Holland and Jackie Cox


Andrea Holland is a member of Reading Royals Synchro Club and has been a member of the Great Britain squad for a number of years. Selected to swim at the World Championships in Cali, Columbia 1975, she missed the competition when dislocating her shoulder in a team practice. Since then she has become one of GB's leading synchronised swimmers and swims the GB Duet with Jackie Cox. The pair won gold in the 1977 European Championships in Sweden.


Actual pages from the programme which contain a little more information

11th International Synchronised Swimming Festival - 1977

The "Reading Royals" founded in 1969 started with approximately 11 girls and now comprise membership of 100. Through the years they have gone from strngth to strength. Above are the 1976 Team National Champions.

Reading Royals Aquashow 1978

Poolside with 'props' for the show

Swimmers are Andrea Holland, Phillipa Sutton, Sally Melbon,Sherry Deaby, Diane Anderson, Linda Mahon-Daly, Margaret Reeve, Katherine Russell (Chronicle order)

Line-ups for the Reading Chronicle of Friday 22nd December 1978

The show had a Disneyland theme. Some stills below from the show.

Reading Royals Aquashow - 1979

Show was themed "Far Away Places" and year thought to be 1978 or 1979 and a programme still seems to have been priced at 10p !



A couple of images below....

Group shot back row in green far left is Sarah Hartley, 3rd from left back row Tina Cornish.

Front row in peach far left Catherine Dart, far right Phillippa Pascoe

If anyone can put more names to faces please email Phil, - adminroyals@synchrosight.co.uk


Many thanks to Sara Ford (Hartley)for raiding her scrapbook and sharing the images!

Gallery & Other things


Reading Chronicle piece on RR swimmers perfoming in Burlington, Vermont, USA following that city's team 'The WaterWheels' being in Reading the previous year.

Sadly, the USA synchro club which were still in the news up to 1991 appear now either to have folded or changed their identity/moved. Presumably their name originates from the synchro term itself. If any of our American visitors knows any more, please share.

As an aside while searching for the 'WaterWheels' we came across the You Tube posted "This is Synchronised Swimming". A 1958 film and whilst not one of Hollywood's most expensive productions, is nevertheless a wonderful archive look at an introduction to synchro and its skills. Take a look - there is even a water wheel demo at 7:50.

Back left third person in is Doug Moore coach, tall blonde with fringe to his left daughter Karen Moore

On sofa with blonde hair and bare arms Carolyn Flight, above her white top her younger sister Amanda, smiley shorter lady to her right is Phillippa Pascoes sister (Louise?)





from left to right:

Jennifer Robb, 'Shine' Connelley. Linda Francis,

Maureen Nievens. Dawn Zajac (coach), Mavis Wyatt, Susan Rakic, Pamela Wheeler, Jenny Lane.



A break during training during a GB squad weekend in 1971

Great Britain Squad in 1970

Both of the photos below appeared in the Feb'89 edition of Syncho World in an article "looking back over 21 years of Synchro". On the left is the "two National Squads of 1973" and the right "A duet pair 1975". If anyone can help with names, please email. Both images clickable.

1974 squad with some nominted District swimmers

1977 team/squad in swimgear and travel gear!

Gallery & Other things

Siobhan Goodchild & Rachel Watmore on the podium for 3rd at the ESSA National Schools Championships competition (Duet) The RR pair were swimming for Highdown School, Reading.

GB Seniors Duet at the French Open)left). Caroline Slssingar and Abi Moore of Reading Royals and the pair again (right) with other squad member Kerry Hussey. Duet girls in their Free costumes.

Reading Royals A-Team taken in April 2001


Jo Hooper, Jen Murtagh, Katie Ford, Abi Moore, Katie Hooper

Chloe Huggins, Kelly-Anne Wise, Claire Butler