Bendall, Colette

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Shirley Adams talks with Colette Bendall of Inglewood about her memories of marching with the Inglewood Vanguards.
Recorded on 15th Aug 2002 at the home of Peggy Nelson in Hinau Street, Inglewood during a get-together of former team members Collette Bendall, Jeanette Morrison and Lesley Herlihy.

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  Part 1

Research copy. 1 C60 audio tape.

0.1 Introductory information by Shirley Adams (interviewer).

0.9 Colette was aged 14 years and very nervous of joining the team. She saw an advertisement. Mr Campbell (later Mr Plumb) formed the team. She marched for 5 years and then became a Judge.

2.8 A short discussion is held on the naming of the team.

4.0 The Vanguards became Taranaki Champions and North-Island Runners-up while Colette marched with the Team. The New Zealand Championship was won later. She lists the venues at which they marched.

5.2 Colette was not a coach, but having passed exams has been a New Zealand Judge for 35 years, the only Vanguard to carry on with involvement.

5.0 Girls nowadays are not prepared to accept the necessary discipline and practice. The military aspect is still important, but fancy displays are now accepted.

6.9 The Chief New Zealand Judge and assistant make up plans for 3 years. The Vanguards prepared plans each year.

7.7 Colette lists many special memories. Peggy (Klenner) Nelson's lost boots are mentioned.

8.9 Mrs Cramer was the main chaperon, although many other mothers helped, they were wonderful, especially in the event of illness Mrs Plumb also coached.

10.2 Colette's three sisters also marched at various times, accepting unlimited practice. The dedication has now gone.

11.6 Colette also had daughters Kathryn and Debra involved with the 'Ingleguards', Mountain Rangers and a Whangarei team. They started as Midgets and progressed to senior status. Rules as regards mothers and daughters are discussed.

13.3 After the Vanguards disbanded they continued meeting socially for several years. Guards of Honour were formed for the weddings of Peggy Nelson and Jeanette Morrison. Peggy's daughter Pamela became a Mascot in 1957. There was much family involvement.

Tape 1 Side B


Date 15 August 2002

Interviewer Shirley Adams

Abstraction Floss Lambert

Restrictions Not restricted

  Part 2

Master tape. 1 C60 audio tape.

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