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BBC interview with Charlie Adams on royal birth

On 3rd November 1961, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon, celebrated the birth of their first child, David Armstrong Jones, who now has the title of Viscount Linley, but is professionally known as David Linley.
The greetings card above was sent by David to my aunt, Mrs Dorothy Palmer (née Ray) of Hill Cottage, Pease Pottage in May 1974. She was a lady-in-waiting for Princess Margaret for many years, mainly for visits away from Kensington Palace, and became a firm favourite of David and his sister, Sarah, born three years later.
When the birth of David was announced the BBC sent one of their reporters to Staplefield to interview one of the residents. Lord Snowdon’s country retreat was Old House on the Nymans estate, and was accessible from Tanyard Lane in Staplefield.
The reporter had a classic BBC accent of the time which contrasted with the mellow rural voice of his interviewee, village postmaster, Charlie Adams. (see picture #313)
Use the controls below to hear the short interview.
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