On the 24th May 1900, which was observed as a general holiday in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday and as a celebration of the relief of Mafeking, Cissie as a young child, was taken down to Barry Island, accompanied by her stepfather Joseph. She would have been amongst the 10,000 crowd who witnessed a grand display of fireworks on Barry Island where an ox was roasted, cut up and distributed to the town's poor.
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