Busy on the River



A big day in London today and in particular on the Thames River. The celebration of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, the Diamond Jubilee Year. It brings back memories, I recall we were all ordered to the general assembly at school on the morning of February 6th 1952 for a special announcement. The rumour spreading throughout the school was another World War had started. This was at a time of serious unrest, the blockade of Berlin, the Russian Iron Curtain,and the Korean War. Fortunately, we soon learned the news, it was grim but at least not war, the King was dead and we had a Queen. I recall the Coronation celebrations in June of 1953. I was living in Belfast on Thames Street, we had flags and banners of red white and blue adorning the street. Tables were set up with cakes and juice for the children and games were organized. We were given flags and a coronation medal, it was just plastic but looked like a real medal. I kept it for many years but alas its long gone now. Pity! because it might be worth a few dollars today?? Like the Queen I’m not getting any younger, but on the bright side, she does have 13 years on me!
God Save the Queen.
Cheers and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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1 Response to Busy on the River

  1. canuckcookie says:

    Ben, I have had the great fortune of being on the streets with My Granma many years ago in 1953 waiting for the procession. Also at a street party in Clydebank at my aunts where my Uncle was a ship builder at John Browns. Then in the military I had the good fortune to be the Chef on board 4 Queens Flights 3 Queen Mothers flights etc. Then onto PMO where the Queens and Queen Mother again visited Canada. My wife Jamila and i were also honoured to be guests at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Long May she Reign A wonderfull flotilla down the river.
    God Bless our Queen
    Robby

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