These photos were taken at the 1972 Rainham Spectacular - do you recognise yourself or anyone else? The fantastic photos give a glimpse into life in Rainham in the 1970s.

Thanks to Jan Baldock and Charlie Neale for some names in the above photo: From right to left centre. Kenny Ware. Steve Davis, Dave Smitherman & Les Coppack

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

Band "Dixie Cats" playing with bass player Bernie Johnson

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

Tug of War

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

Parachutist arrived in the arena

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

Minature Railway at Rainham Spectacular

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

Splosh the Scout - 17th Gillingham Scout Group

1972 Rainham Spectacular Cozenton Park

The hop pickers photo below was marked up as 1926. Great Grannie Mudge is the lady in the centre. She lived in Solomon Road, next to the school. She was the mother of Hilda Mudge who married Herbert Baden Powell Gooding at St Margaret’s Church and lived with the Gooding family in her later years in Solomon Road.
 
The gentleman on the left is obviously writing in a book - possibly recording the volume/weight of hops picked?
 
 
No idea of any others in the picture.
 
The photo below is dated 1940. It appears that the lady in the centre is maybe sampling some of the crop they seem to have picked. Possibly cherries. Or - is it a picture for Harvest Festival or something similar, as each of the ladies seems to be holding a different offering of some kind or another!  No names, but it came from the same collection of photographs as the 1926 picture above.
 
Does anyone recognise any people in the photos or any ideas who they may be?
 
 

My great-great grandfather Horace Smith was a timekeeper at a brick field in Rainham. In 1881, aged 20, he lived with his family at 8 Broad Walk, and was described in the census as a "Clerk in Brickfield". Below is one of several photos that I have of him (in the suit, in the front row) with his work mates

Mr Fred Packham was a local Rainham haulier running a haulage company in the 1930s. The photo below shows him in front of a F.Packham Rainham truck

After the recent appeal for info about the Rainham Spectacular Rainham Spectacular Fair at Cozenton Park 1972 - 1981 and Miss Rainham Competition Winners one of the volunteers at Rainham Community centre was able to get in touch with Kim Unger who was crowned Miss Rainham in 1981.

This photo was taken during the rather wet Rainham Spectacular in 1981 where Kim won the Miss Rainham contest.