Coronation party street scene, London, 1953.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Coronation party street scene, London, 1953.

© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library


'There were hundreds of Coronation parties all over Britain yesterday. This is the story of just one - and what a party it was. It was in Swinbrook Road, Kensington, W. There was 253 children at it. The organisers had collected £570. Besides bus tours of the Coronation route and a show that included conjurers and clowns, there was a feast, with a 60lb. cake and every child got a 15s. Savings Certificate. There was a queen, too - 14 year-old Maureen Atkins, who is shown above being "crowned" by Fr. Douglas Lott. The street was sealed with red, white and blue bunting and there were unofficial "road closed" signs, to which the police turned a blind eye.'

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