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 (nee Hartley).
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 - Andrea 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
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, - email@example.com
Many thanks to Sara Ford (Hartley)for raiding her scrapbook and sharing the images!
Gallery & Other things
THEY'RE OFF TO THE STATES -
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.
FIRST GREAT BRITAIN TEAM.... Paris 1969
from left to right:
Jennifer Robb, 'Shine' Connelley. Linda Francis,
Maureen Nievens. Dawn Zajac (coach), Mavis Wyatt, Susan Rakic, Pamela Wheeler, Jenny Lane.
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. (Jane Holland, Josephine Mitchell?) - See Worlds results.
GB took Gold in Solo. Duet and Team at the 1974 Europena Aquatics Championships in Vienna. It was a combined discipline championship where GB collected 5 golds overall, three of them being in Synchronised Swimming.
1977 Esslingen, Germany team/squad in swimgear and travel gear!
GB Synchro were the only aquatic Gold Medal winners at the 1977 Euros in Jonkoping (Sweden). See above.
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.