I expect there won't be many Tarvin Residents who can remember the Coronation of George V1 and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon which took place in Westminster Abbey in London on 12 May 1937.
George VI ascended the throne upon the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, on 11 December 1936, three days before his 41st birthday.
Edward's coronation had been planned for 12 May 1937 and it was decided to continue with his brother and sister-in-law's coronation on the same date.
BBC TV only started in November 1936 so it was really a case of tuning into the radio for most people even though the BBC set up their first Outside Broadcast.
Subjects of the Crown had never before had the opportunity to welcome the monarch, in vision as well as sound, into their homes but it was for a limited number of viewers in those early days,
The return procession to Buckingham Palace was over six miles in length, making it the longest coronation procession up to that time; crowds of people lined the streets to watch it, over 32,000 soldiers took part and 20,000 police officers lined the route. The coronation was commemorated by the issuing of official medals, coinage, and stamps, by military parades across the Empire, and by numerous unofficial celebrations, including street parties.
So what did we do in Tarvin?
Well our procession was somewhat smaller but we filled the day with a full programme of events including a Sports day for everyone.
Ed: As ever click on the photographs ( courtesy of Stephen Webster) to enlarge
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