English First Communion Outfits: Chronology

Figure 1.--Here we see wat looks like an afternoon tea on the church grounds after aFirst Communion eremony. The portrait is undated, but looks like the 1970s to us.

Money for an expensive First Communion suit was not always available. This issue was addressed in The Green Years, although the story was set in Scotland. The Government eventually began to support Catholic schools and continues to do so today. Many schools had the boys use part of their school uniform for First Communion. First Communion was an important milestone for Roman Catholic children at the age of 7 or 8 years during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The outfits the boys wore varied. An English contributor to HBC recalls in the 1960s getting a new short pants suit for First Communion. It was a standard suit that could be worn for other occassions. Some of his school mates got long pants suits. He does not recall boys wearing white suits, but all the girls had elaborate white junior wedding dresses. They tended to belong dresses until hortstyles became fashionable in the 1ate-1960s. Other boys just wore white shirts with their grey school shorts, perhaps with white socks and white footwear.


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