Sandee Lane – Miss Posh 1977
We are very fortunate that Miss Posh 1977 has kindly written the following about her time / experience as Miss Posh.
“I was very privileged to be chosen as Miss Posh on 17th April 1977 for the 1977/78 season. The event was held every year by the Posh Supporters TClub with a panel of judges. On this occasion they were the Posh Supporters Club President, Henry Harris and his wife Val and Peterborough Advertiser Posh correspondent Mike Barnes and his wife Lynne, plus the previous year’s Miss Posh Viv Browne. It was a Sunday evening and the event was held in the Posh Club, with supporting entertainment by P Wilkinson. Pete and my family attended the event with me and were also very proud when I was announced as winner. In second place was Paula Thacker of Godmanchester and in third place was Jean Eddings of Yaxley. I won a staggering £15.00! and a lovely bouquet of flowers and received a ‘Miss Posh’ sash, which I still have to this day.
I had a great year and thoroughly enjoyed my time as Miss Posh. Then the main roles to carry out were on a Saturday evening at the Posh Club, by drawing the raffle etc., with any other tasks they asked of me.
Also as a Supporters Club representative I was invited to attend the National Federation Supporters Clubs (Midland Division), which fortunately was held at Stanground Comprehensive School on Sat 7th May 1977. Entertainment on this occasion was by the Terry Mann Band, a very good local dance band in the day. Unfortunately I was not placed in the top three with the winner being crowned as Midland Football Queen, was Liz Fewtrell from Birmingham.
I also did a little photo shoot at the club which was fun. It was also great to meet the players during some of these photo sessions. One of my most enjoyable ones was at Christmas time in 1977, when I was asked to dress in a Miss Santa Claus outfit. I had the privilege of presenting the match ball, on behalf of the Supporters Club, on Tuesday, 20th December 1977 when Posh played Gillingham and even better was that our Captain at the time was none other than dear Chris Turner.
The following April when my reign had come to an end there was another event held to choose my predecessor, again this was held at the Supporters Club and I was asked to present the judges with chocolates, also receiving a leaving gift myself. The new Miss Posh was named as Bridget Atkinson.
I don’t remember when the event ceased of choosing the annual Miss Posh by the Supporters Club.
As a long-time supporter of Posh and season ticket holder, many years after holding this title I would sometimes still be asked to do the occasional promotion work for Posh, this is when they didn’t have a regular Miss Posh. On one occasion I seem to recall some controversy when Victoria Beckham, who was, as we all know called Posh Spice when she was with the Spice Girls, wanting to start a brand of clothing called ‘Miss Posh’. There was, I believe some challenges about this and I seem to think she believed she had the right to use the name, but I don’t think anything came of this in the end. I was, at the time contacted by the Club to ask if I would speak with one of the daily newspapers, possibly The Sun to give my opinion as to why I thought it wasn’t a good idea to allow this to happen! I also believe that it was following this sometime later that the lads in the media office at Posh decided to get another Miss Posh, hence the voting was opened via the media and Jess Weaver was announced as the new Miss Posh, a worthy winner as she is a true supporter of the Club and I believe anyone who is a representative of a Football Club should be a fan.
I thoroughly enjoyed my role as Miss Posh”.