Coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll 1953

Coronation Celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll - Tuesday 2nd June 1953

Celebrations began on the Village Green at 9.30 am with an open air Church Service conducted by the Rev. Anthony West.

After lunch, festivities continued with a Carnival Procession. Mrs Rickett's Novel Band led the procession to the Green where proceedings were opened with the playing of the National Anthem. Entries in the procession were judged and prizes distributed by Mrs Rickett. For the remainder of the afternoon village children took part in a range of sporting competitions.

Children took tea, in three sittings in the Village Hall. Every child under the age of 12 was given a Coronation mug that they had to collect from a tent on the Green during the afternoon.

At 5.00pm a novelty cricket match began on the Green. This was followed by an exhibition of May Pole and Square Dancing by the children of Way House. After the dancing the adults began their sporting competitions.

A prize giving ceremony, with prizes being given by the Rev. West, followed this. The evening concluded with a dance in the Village Hall. The Queen's speech was relayed at 9.00pm