Jubilee Celebrations

Front cover of the book issued to every Essex School Child

A local paper intends running a feature on the 1953 Coronation to coincide with the Jubilee Celebration and have been in touch with the archive to see if any of our contributors have any memories of the day and of course any photographs.

I was only 9 years old at the time and remember very little other than watching some of it on a 12 inch television screen (Bush Television with a magnifying glass attached to it). I also remember the school gave as a book ‘Royalty in Essex’ and a mug but I am sure there are many of you who have stronger memories than I, if you do please get in touch. The paper has dead line date of the 24th May.

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  • Ken, I remember the coronation well, my parents and family all went to my future in-laws in Devonshire Road flats to watch it on television, then back to our bungalow for a family party, all standing round the piano singing our hearts out.

    My children went to a street party for the jubilee I dressed them in red, white and blue dresses, they had a big street party and lots of games and races in the street, then the children went home and it was the time for the grown-ups, many a sore head next morning.

    My son still has a metal mug which I think was given out by his school, my daughter is now trying to organise a street party for her children.

    By Mary Hawkins (14/05/2012)
  • Ken, I recall that we had this Royalty in Essex booklet given out in Cambell School Barking in 1953, I was six at the time. We also had a special Coronation coin in a lined box. Two of the coats of arms on the front of the booklet are, top right, Maldon where I live now and bottom centre is Chelmsford where my office is situated. The blue cover background colour looks just like a Laindon High Road School report book.

    By Richard Haines (05/05/2012)

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