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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth celebration
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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth celebration

Handcross held a celebration for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the recreation ground with their own Coronation Queen crowned on the balcony of the now-demolished old sports pavilion. The event was somewhat less grand than the other event in Westminster Abbey!
The parish queen was 18-year-old Joan Weller from Pease Pottage and the picture shows her two attendants for the day shrewdly clutching their overcoats.
Charlie Turner is 4th from left, and in the centre is Reg Leppard with the side drum. Near the right is the man with the harness for supporting the big drum, with the drumstick dangling. Behind him, staring at the camera, is Archie Smith.
Third from the left, in the gabardine coat, is David Rennie, agent for the Hyde estate.
Please can anyone add further names?
Picture added on 15 November 2012 at 17:49
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Coronations and Jubilees
I am the attendant on the left of the picture.
I don't remember much about the day, except it was very wet. We drove in a horse drawn carriage through the streets.
Added by Mary Alder (née Tomsett) on 18 March 2013
Gosh, this brings back memories.
We also had a fancy dress competition which apparently I won, dressed as Queen Elizabeth the First using my mother's cut-down red velvet dressing-gown!
My father and his cousin, Sid Sargent, went as a baby and a nanny in an old pram with beer bottles hanging off the sides.

(Jacqueline, I have a short video of the procession showing your father, Sid, and the pram. This will be uploaded to the website once I get round to sorting the earlier films. Barry)
Added by Jacqueline Carpenter (née Messer) on 23 November 2013
Thanks Barry, that would be great.
Added by Jacqueline Carpenter (née Messer) on 25 November 2013
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