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The Coronation: 1953

The first ‘colour’ coronation was celebrated in Berkshire with a mixture of the old and the new.

QE2 proclamation

Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth at Wokingham Town Hall. (WO/acc4266.5)

Slough’s celebrations were typical of many towns. A TV set was purchased so that the ‘old folk’ could see the coronation in one of the local church halls; 7000 coronation mugs were purchased to present to local schoolchildren, and a large portrait of the Queen was displayed on the central balcony of the Town Hall, illuminated by floodlights and surrounded by flowers. A Punch and Judy show was provided on coronation day at the Salt Hill Playing Fields, which was followed by the local Territorial Army unit parading around the town. Numerous street parties were held.

Coronation day, 2 June 1953, was a cold day with a strong north wind. At night there was heavy rain. But it didn’t stop the celebrations carrying on till late at night. In Reading there were fireworks and a giant bonfire at Hills Meadows.

(below) Newbury Borough Coronation Programme. (N/D52/1/1)

Newbury coronation ephemera 1


Stanley Street celebrations

Stanley Street Coronation party, Reading.
(reproduced by permission of Reading Evening Post)


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P. Drummond
Posted on the : 2 Jan 2016

Thanks for showing this picture, it show my dad, (standing on the left and my nan in the black coat,) seeing that I am working on my family tree I would like to know if there is anymore, A small payments could be arranged, thanks again.

Posted on the : 5 Jan 2016

Hello P. Drummond Hopefully we can help you with your family history in Berkshire. Do take a look through our web pages on Family History and Berkshire's Past. They will give you an initial idea of what you might find amongst the records here. If you would like us to undertake research for you, please see our Visiting and Using us page for how we can help you as well as our charges. If you visit us yourself, you can undertake research free of charge. When you are ready to ask for research or to make a booking, please do use our online Contact Us form to send us an email. Thank you.


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