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Coronation of George VI at Handcross
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Coronation of George VI at Handcross

On 12th May 1937, Handcross celebrated the coronation of King George VI following the abdication in December 1936 of King Edward VIII whose coronation had been scheduled to take place on that same day.
Mrs Elsie Cosens is on the left with two of her four sons, three-year-old Tony and two-year-old Gerald, in the pram. Their patriotic message is to Buy British Goods, and a range of such items are hanging from the pram, such as Tate & Lyle sugar, and Ark, whatever that is.
At the centre right is Mrs Hobden wearing the Union Flag with her son John in the pram bearing the slogan “Land of Hope and Glory”. That exhortation was to be severely tested just two short years later.
On the extreme right, five-year-old John Sprigge is riding his tricycle, which has been adapted with wings to make it fly. Good luck, John.
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Coronations and Jubilees
The lady at centre right is Mrs Hobden who lived with her husband in High Beeches Cottages on the left in Balcombe Lane.
In the pram is her son, John Hobden, who later played football for Handcross as shown in picture #684.
So far as I am aware this Hobden family had no connection with the other local Hobden family which included Mrs Nellie Hobden who lived in Redgate Cottages in the High Street.
The Cosens family and the Balcombe Lane Hobdens were close friends around that era and two photographs can be seen by selecting Open Document.
They relate to a trip to the seaside at Worthing in 1937 and 1935 respectively. The first shows, from the left, John Hobden, Alan Cosens, and Tony Cosens.
The second shows Edie Mitchell, Tony Cosens, Mrs Elsie Cosens, John Hobden, and Alan Cosens.
I am obliged to Ron Cosens and Mrs Elsie Cosens for supplying information and copies of the photographs.

Added by Barry Ray on 25 February 2016
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