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Do you have any Memories of the Coronation?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 18, 2012: Do you have any memories of the Corination? Share them with us all and send them to editor@hatherleigh.net here are Pat Durston's Memories "King George VI, the greatly loved man who had, by his quiet and humble example, helped lead this country through a savage war, died sixty years ago on February 6 th . I remember the great sadness that hung over the country like a blackout curtain. Then, in June 1953 our Queen was crowned in Westminster Abbey and we watched the procession wend its way through Hyde Park. We set off from Bristol at 10am after the Cows were milked and the pigs fed! At the same time as the Royal coaches left the palace to drive to the abbey. We chugged into Hyde Park in our comer van with minutes to spare before the procession passed on its return journey. A kind copper let us park right there on the grass (would it happen now?) and we plodded off to join the huge crowds lining the route. I was ‘heavy with child' and the rain soaked people shunted around so that I could get nearer the front! We saw Her Majesty, the Duke, Winston Churchill (Gosh!), the lovely Queen of Tonga an so many more. And the brilliant R.A.F. fly past over London. It was a day I'll never forget everything was so well organised and the massive crowds were so kind and carefree.. So much has changed in the country, and the world, and yet, really, so much hasn't. as we'll see when the Jubilee Celebration get going."



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