Platinum memories

Bill Newenham
Bill Newenham

To help celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, we invited some of our New Forest residents to share their memories of the Queen succeeding to the throne in 1952 and what they think of her now. Here is what they told us:

Linden House, Lymington

Elaine Williams: “I was 14 and living in Wales. I watched the Coronation on television with my family. I remember the street party, the tables seemed to go on for ever and we all had to bring our own chairs to sit on. The tables were loaded with cakes, sandwiches, and jelly, with lemonade for the children, sherry for the ladies and beer for the men. Later there was singing and dancing well into the night. There was a real sense of community spirit.”

Of the Queen today, Elaine says: “I think she is marvellous. Best Queen we could have.”

Donald Lovell: “I was 18 years old and living in Winton, Dorset, with my family above our general store. On Coronation Day, dad closed the shop and we listened to the service on the radio. Later we joined neighbours for a big party in the street. As we lived on the corner of two roads, I managed to attend two parties. There was plenty of food, drink, singing and dancing. Today, I think the Queen does an excellent job, always dignified and rules the country well.”

Avon Reach, Mudeford

Margaret Doucy: “I was living in Essex and was 21 years old. I remember watching the news about the Queen’s accession to the throne at home. I like the royals and have followed them from an early age. I’m proud of the Queen and her service to the country.”

Noeleen Braisby: “I was 19 and lived in Lancashire. I remember the news of her father dying suddenly while she was away and how young she was. On Coronation Day I remember the crowds of people. She is an amazing lady. I can’t think of a better way to describe her.”

Left to right: Elaine Williams, Donald Lovell, Margaret Doucy, Noeleen Braisby, and Ian Knight share their recollections.

Left to right: Elaine Williams, Donald Lovell, Margaret Doucy, Noeleen Braisby, and Ian Knight share their recollections.

Belmore Lodge, Lymington

Ian Knight: “I was nine years old and living in Northampton at the time of the Coronation and so was at school.

I remember seeing the build-up on a friend’s TV but in the end I listened to it on the radio. I think the Queen is incredible.”

Maureen Marks: “I was living in Mansfield and was 13. I remember the accession being both sad and a celebration. Sad as the Queen’s father had died and a celebration because she would now be the new Queen. Coronation Day was a big occasion because TV was new. Today, I admire the Queen very much for what she does and what she has achieved.”

Woodpeckers, Brockenhurst

Romayne Taylor: “I would have been 24 years old and had my first child by that point. We were invited to Buckingham Palace due to my husband’s line of work. He was a civil servant. We enjoyed having strawberries with cream. I think the Queen has done very well, but she must be lonely since Phillip died.”

Barbara St. John Frost: “I was 18 and still at school in Sussex. We did not have a TV but a hotel put on a viewing at lunch time on the day. I think the Queen has done a good job. She must have been very overwhelmed at the time, taking on what she did.”

Kingfishers, New Milton

Bill Newenham: “I was 24 and lived in Barnes. I remember the King being very unwell. I was enthusiastic about getting a new, beautiful and young Queen. On Coronation Day I remember all the decorations down the Mall. I think the Queen is outstanding. She’s done very well and lived up to her expectations.

Joyce Russell: “I was 26 and lived at a naval base in Dunfermline, Scotland. When we heard of her accession, I was excited that there would be a Queen. Myself, an uncle and two more family members had tickets for the Coronation Day celebrations in London. We had a viewing box in Northumberland Street and could watch the entire procession. I think the Queen has done very well. I admire her.”

Left to right: Maureen Marks, Romayne Taylor, Barbara St. John Frost, Bill Newenham and Joyce Russell

Left to right: Maureen Marks, Romayne Taylor, Barbara St. John Frost, Bill Newenham and Joyce Russell

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