The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953. Weston Colville marked this with a short service in the Reading Room at 1.45pm, followed by a fancy dress competition for children.  Then everyone proceeded to Mr Longs huge barn and 250 sat down to meat, salad, trifle, fancy cakes and ice cream, with tea or beer.  The children were presented with Coronation mugs, sweets, bananas and oranges and there were games, dancing and much amusement from the adults fancy dress.

Maureen and Rosemary in their fancy dress outfits:

The children’s fancy dress competition:

Jean Balls, ?, Atherton, Great Rowlinson (bowler hat), Dawn Heath, Kath Coppen, June Murdoch, Queenie Rowlinson, Rosemary Addley, Peter Coppen (umbrella) Maureen Addley, Peter Skolsky (cowboy), Roger Bannister (Sally’s cousin), Muriel Taylor

Adrian Moore (stripes) Sally Bannister (big hat), David Heath (sweep), Dennis Taylor

Sheila Ford (sprig of flowers), Irene Heath (the little one), Veronica Smith (flag)


The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years of her reign, was held in 1977. The village joined in the celebrations across the country. One of the floats:


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