Coronation Street Party
My family and I lived in Whitehawk from 1947 until 1958 when we emigrated to Australia. We lived in Wiston Close; a cul-de-sac of prefabs, now demolished. I remember many happy times living there.
One of those times was when my Mum and Dad. George and Joan Cook, were involved in organizing a street party for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. It was a warm sunny day in early June, with just about all the residents of Wiston Close and Wiston Lane turning out for the event. A committee of the all the residents of the street raised funds for the event with bingo nights, card nights and various other fundraisers. It was a real collaborative affair.
A great day
It was a great day; they decorated the houses and the street with home-made decorations and pictures of the Queen. There were cakes, ice cream, jellies, sweets, and paper hats. They even had a beautiful cake specially made for the occasion. We were entertained with a Punch and Judy Show and there was children’s fancy dress competition, which was judged by the local Vicar. The costumes were all made by the children and their parents. There were some very clever and creative outfits; everyone put a lot of effort in.
I was a sugar cube!
I actually won the under 12 contest dressed as a “Tate and Lyle” sugar cube. I forget what the prize was, but we sent a picture to “Tate and Lyle” and they sent me a book about sugar. I’ll never forget it.