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Seafront Coronation installation
Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove

I was not living in Brighton at the time of celebrations for the coronation of the new young queen, Elizabeth II.  But I would have loved to have seen this wonderful installation on the seafront.

Do you remember seeing this huge crown? Was it lit at night? Did you attend a street party to celebrate the coronation? Maybe you were one of the lucky people who had a television and could watch the ceremony at home.

If you can share your memories – please post a comment below.

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  • My mother was born at 32 Regency Square on 22nd July 1920. Shd is 101 years old and still fit and very well.
    Do you know what the building was in 1920.

    By LINDA ELLIOTT (10/10/2021)
  • Linda, I do not have street directories for 1920 but ones for 1914, 1925, 1927. 1914 does not list #32, however the houses on each side for several numbers are all ‘lodgings’ or ‘apartments’. 1925 has it as ‘Marlboro House’; which I believe is another ‘lodgings’ . The 1927 directory shows it as ‘private hotel. Thomas Greville Fulkes is the name next to it, who may be the owner or manager.

    By Dr Geoffrey Mead (11/10/2021)
  • Kelly’s Sussex of 1922 (on pp.144 and 210) states No.32 being a Boarding House with the name of Mrs. Annie Bradley, who I’d assume was the landlady/proprietor.

    By Sam Flowers (13/10/2021)
  • I just vaguely remember the Coronation. The only thing that holds in my memory was my first experience of seeing it live on TV.
    Yes, the screen was abysmally small, 9 inches I guess, for a six year old it was impossible to understand.
    TV was apparently put together from government cast offs (surplus) by a couple of (boffins) from
    AllenWest. Family of 4 and 6 locals all crammed in 1 small room!

    I learned much later that the co-conspirators were two savvy Electronics wizards ahead of the game and Ex RAF radar experts.
    Also a bus ride to see the huge Crown, getting drenched in a downpour for our troubles!
    Now 75 and living in North Shropshire.

    By Norman Porcher (09/01/2023)

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