CommemorativeA Selection of Commemorative News Articles

  • 1 1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal.

  • 2 Coronation Letter From the Mayor

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir, I am sending you herewith for publication

  • 3 Coronation - Abbotsham - 1937

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be held in the Church at 8am.

  • 4 Coronation - Alwington - 1937

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony

  • 5 Coronation - Appledore - 1937

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for.

  • 6 Coronation - Bucks Cross - 1937

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible

  • 7 Coronation - Clovelly - 1937

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation

  • 8 Coronation - Northam - 1937

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived

  • 9 Coronation - Parkham - 1937

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed.

  • 10 Coronation - Putford - 1937

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true

  • 11 Coronation - Westward Ho! - 1937

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense

  • 12 World War 1

    2 April 1918

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    23 April 1918

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    13 April 1918

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    27 April 1918

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    20 April 1918

  • 18 1937 Coronation - Lundy

    29 May 1953

  • 19 1937 Coronation - Littleham

    29 May 1953

  • 20 1937 Coronation - Parkham

    29 May 1953

  • 21 1937 Coronation - Putford

    29 May 1953

  • 22 1937 Coronation

    29 May 1953

  • 23 1937 Coronation - Westward Ho!

    29 May 1953

  • 24 1937 Coronation - East-the-Water

    29 May 1953

  • 25 1937 Coronation - Woolsery

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal

  • 26 Hospital Decorated for Coronation 1937

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given

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  • 1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal.

    1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

     

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal. He said he was interested in how and why it had been minted.

    Some research by Mr Paul Morrish, one of our volunteers unearthed the following which explains how and where these medals were given. I am attaching the transcript from the Gazette dated 27th June 1911.

    Bideford Mayor’s Medals

    DISTRIBUTION TO THE SCHOOLCHILDREN

    The Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Mr J. U. Fulford accompanied by Rev.T NEWTON LEEKE, M.A., Alderman T Goaman

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  • Coronation Letter From the Mayor

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir, I am sending you herewith for publication

    Coronation Letter From the Mayor - 1911

     

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir,
    I am sending you herewith for publication a Balance Sheet giving the amounts received by me, the payments made through the Committee, and showing a credit balance of £5.
    It is my intention very shortly to call a public meeting with a view of suggesting the desirability of providing iron gates and railings for the Victoria Park as a permanent memorial, and if this idea is adopted the above balance could be applied to a special fund to be raised for this purpose.

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  • Coronation - Abbotsham - 1937

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be held in the Church at 8am.

    Coronation - Abbotsham - 11th May 1937

     

    Abbotsham

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be heldt in the Church at 8am. School children will be presented with mugs in the morning, and at 2pm sports for adults and children will be held. At 4pm a football match will be played. A free tea is to be provided for all parishioners at 5pm, and half-an-hour later a skittles competition will take place. A social in the Parish Hall commences at 7pm and at 10pm the huge bonfire will be lite and a display of fireworks given. Funds were

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  • Coronation - Alwington - 1937

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony

    Coronation - Alwington - 11th May 1937

     

    Alwington

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony in the Day School. Over £20 were raised by subscriptions and the committee, of which the Rector (Rev. R W Groom) is chairman, Mr J Wickett, hon. secretary, and Mr Stanley Beale, hon. treasurer, have been able to draw up a fine programme of events, which will make Coronation Day, 1937, a memorable one for parishioners of Alwington. At 2.15pm there will be a service in the Church, followed at 3pm by children's sports in a

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  • Coronation - Appledore - 1937

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for.

    Coronation - Appledore - 11th May 1937

     

    Appledore - Gala Day for the Children

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for. The Committee responsible have seen to it that there shall be a full day's programme, in which the children are prominently featured. Proceedings commence early at 7.45am, with peals on the Church bells; and at 8.30am maroons will be fired. At 9am the children will march in procession
    from the Marine Parade to a united children's service in the Congregational Church.
    At 9.45am, Officials, Councillors, British Legion, Lifeboatmen, Guides and Brigade

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  • Coronation - Bucks Cross - 1937

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible

    Coronation - Bucks Cross - 11th May 1937

     

    Bucks Cross

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible for the arrangements, of which Rev. G S Whitaker (Vicar) is Chairman and Hon. Secretary, and Mrs Cary Elwes, Hon. Treasurer, were greatly encouraged by such a generous response as £25 by public subscription, and have drawn up a splendid programme of events. The proceedings commence with a religious service at 2pm followed by sports for children, free teas for children and adults, sports for adults, after which mugs will be presented to all children

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  • Coronation - Clovelly - 1937

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation

    Coronation - Clovelly - May 1937

     

    Clovelly

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation celebrations and it will be sent on their behalf by Mr J C Hilton, chairman of the Parish Council. Between £35 and £40 has been raised by public subscriptions towards the celebrations. The Rector (Rev. P J Somers Cocks) is chairman of the committee and the hon. secretary is Mr John Clements with Mr T E Finch as hon. treasurer. At 2pm there will be a service in the Parish Church. Children's sports

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  • Coronation - Northam - 1937

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived

    Coronation - Northam - 11th May 1937

     

    Northam - Pageant of Empire

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived. From then until late at night a splendid programme of events has been drawn up by the Coronation Celebrations Committee, with Mr C E Palmer as Chairman, Captain F C Barton M.C. Hon. Secretary, and Mr B G Billingham, Hon
    Treasurer. Councillors, officials, British Legion and other bodies will march in procession to the Church at 9.45am for a united service at the close of which the Coronation Ceremony will

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  • Coronation - Parkham - 1937

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed.

    Coronation - Parkham - 11th May 1937

     

    Parkham

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed. Chairman of the Committee is Mr G A Jacob and Messrs H D Dack and G E Honey are the hon. secretary and hon. treasurer respectively.
    The programme commences at 3pm with a short service in the Parish Church. At 3.45pm there will be a meat tea for the children in the Rectory room and there will be a similar tea for all other parishioners at 4.30pm. After tea there will be sports for the children

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  • Coronation - Putford - 1937

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true

    Coronation - Putford - 11th May 1937

     

    Putford

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true Coronation spririt in the day's events. A united service in the Parish Church at 2pm will be followed by sports for children and adults which will last throughout the afternoon and early part of the evening, with a break for a free tea for all. At the tea, mugs are to be presented to all children under school leaving age.
    The King's speech will be broadcast at Churston Barn at 8pm and from then until 1am

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  • Coronation - Westward Ho! - 1937

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense

    Coronation - Westward Ho! - 11th May 1937

    11.5.1937 Coronation Westward Ho Wilkey     11.5.1937 Coronation Westward Ho
     

    Westward Ho! - Making Local History

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense, be made. It will be the first time that the popular little seaside resort has conducted such celebrations entirely on its own. Usually it has been joined with Northam. The general committee responsible for the arrangements, under the chairmanship of Mr F Wilkey, with Rev. Cecil Eman as Hon. Secretary and Lieut P C Humbby as Hon. Treasurer, have drawn up a splendid programme of events, so that Westward

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  • World War 1

    2 April 1918

    The day school has been visited by Mr W Butler, HMI, who expressed his pleasure at the good work being done.

    2.4.1918 Langtree

    A plot of ground has been provided, and the boys are busy gardening.

    A successful concert, in aid of the YMCA, took place. The artistes were wounded soldiers from Torrington, Sergt Hector, Ptes Bracewll and Arden, the Misses Webber and Lile, Mrs H Vincent (Torrington), Miss Tanton (Marland) and W E Crosse, the Revs Wyer Honey (Marland) and W E Crosse-Crosse (Petrockstowe), Messrs F J Weber and J H Sillifant (Torrington). There was a crowded audience and the total

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  • World War 1

    16 April 1918

    At the King’s Head Hotel yesterday afternoon Mr A W Cock FAI sold by auction No 4 Bay View Terrace, the purchaser being Mr G H Cork at £385. Messrs Hole, Seldon and Ward were the solicitors for the vendor. 

    16.4.1918 Northam

    At a meeting of the Northam Urban District Food Control Committee on Wednesday there were present Messrs W T Charlewood (in the chair), S Fulford, P K Harris, J B Penhorwood, W B Quance, T Slade and Miss I Pickard. The business transacted included the consideration of a number of applications for sugar for jam making (some of which were

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  • World War 1

    23 April 1918

    Support the Bideford and District War Supply Depot today by buying a St George’s Flat or a St George’s match-box cover which will help you to take care of your matches.

    23.4.1918 Bideford War Supply Depot

    Your generous help is needed in order that the splendid work which the Depot is doing for our soldiers and sailors may continue. Remember how greatly our soldiers appreciate the comforts sent them from the Depot, and remember how great is the need of the articles that are being sent out every week to the military hospitals and casualty clearing stations. The women workers cannot make the garments unless

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  • World War 1

    13 April 1918

    Only formal business was transacted at Bideford Manor Court on Saturday. 

    13.4.1918 Manor Court

    The proceedings were of brief duration, but the Mayor (Mr A R Adams) who presided and thanked the members of the Council and jurors for their attendance, reminded them that the Court was no empty form and had been used for legal purposes, even with regard to the late railway on the Quay. Although at the present moment its duties were light, the time might come again when it would serve some good purpose.

    The Manor Court dinner would be held at the same time and place as last

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  • World War 1

    27 April 1918

    Miss Lucy E Andrew, a Devon County Boarding Scholarship winner from the day school, is doing herself and parent school credit at Barnstaple Grammar School.

    27.4.1918 Langtree

    In her Easter examination she came first in her form, and secured 79 per cent of the aggregate total of marks obtainable. She secured full marks for arithmetic and algebra. 

    A very pleasant whist drive in aid of club funds, was held in the Church Room on Thursday last. The Committee responsible for the arrangements were Messrs W Furst, B Box, W Ford, W Brownscombe and H Walters. The winners were Mr J Huxtable, Mr

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  • World War 1

    20 April 1918

    A handsome alms dish has been consecrated by the Vicar.

    20.4.1918 Frithelstock

    The inscription on the dish is 'given for the service of Almighty God and in loving memory of Lieut. Raymond Hogbin, aged 21, who died for his country, September 21 1917'.

    Gazette article dated 20 April 1918

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  • 1937 Coronation - Lundy

    29 May 1953

    While the islanders of Lundy will probably be busy catering for the enjoyment of others – one of the Bristol Channel white funnel steamers is scheduled to call at the island on Coronation day – every endeavour will be made to make the day one of enjoyment and festivity writes the Resident Agent, Mr F W Glade.

    29.5.1953 Lundy

    ‘Without doubt, we shall drink to the health, happiness and long life of our charming and wholly delightful young Queen and that of her equally charming Consort.’The Marisco Tavern will be decorated and the Union Jack will fly at masthead and also at the mast

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  • 1937 Coronation - Littleham

    29 May 1953

    Mrs Mansell, of Hallsannery, is providing souvenir mugs for Littleham’s schoolchildren and he will present these and those provided for the other children in the Parish by the Coronation committee, at the free tea in the Parish Hall. 

    29.5.1953 Littleham

    The Rector of Littleham, Rev A J Clark, will be conducting the united service in the Parish Church at 2.30pm. Children’s sports follow in the field adjoining the Parish Hall until 5pm. Sports for adults take place in the period between tea and the whist drive in the school and the social in the Parish Hall at 8pm.

    Donations and a house

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  • 1937 Coronation - Parkham

    29 May 1953

    A fancy dress parade in the school playground with good prizes and classes for all ages will be a highlight of celebrations at Parkham. 

    29.5.1953 Parkham

    Over £70 has been collected to meet the expenses of the day.

    A United service in the Parish Church at 2.30pm will be followed by sports. All parishioners are to be entitled to a free tea in the schoolroom. To conclude the day there will be a social in the school in the evening. Rev J Williams is chairman of the Parish Coronation Committee; Mr M Honey, secretary; and Mr G Jacob, treasurer. 

    The full Gazette article

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  • 1937 Coronation - Putford

    29 May 1953

    East and West Putford are combining to celebrate the Coronation and some £62 for this purpose was raised from a house to house collection and donations. 

    29.5.1953 Putford

    Mr J Walter, chairman of the organising committee, has lent a field for the afternoon children’s sports which follow the combined service in the Parish Church to be conducted by the Vicar, assisted by Mr Walling (Methodist). Putford’s Women’s Institute have taken over the arrangements for the parish tea in the Methodist Schoolroom and the children will be presented with their souvenir mugs as they leave. Sports for the grown-ups take place in the evening and

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  • 1937 Coronation

    29 May 1953

    He is Trooper J Bright, of the Household Cavalry (The Life Guards), grandson of the late Ald. J H Bright (a former Mayor of Bideford).

    29.5.1953 Trooper Bright

    Born in 1934, he left with his parents to live at Stockport in 1939 but has since spent several holidays at Bideford. He will be recalled in particular by members of the BARC. After the Coronation Trooper Bright will be going to Scotland for escort duties during the Queen's visit there. 

    The Gazette article is dated 19 May 1953

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  • 1937 Coronation - Westward Ho!

    29 May 1953

    Her Majesty’s ‘Invitation to Youth’ broadcast from Capetown in 1947 on the occasion of her 21st birthday, has been printed on a card together with a reproduction of a photograph of the Queen seated at the microphone before making that famous speech and copies will be distributed as a Coronation memento to all children at Westward Ho!

    29.5.1953 WHo

    The day’s celebrations commence with a united service at Holy Trinity Church at 9.15am. To conclude the day a gala evening, which will include olde-time and modern dancing, games and a fancy dress parade, commences in the Kingsley Hall at 8pm. 

    The old

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  • 1937 Coronation - East-the-Water

    29 May 1953

    There is no mistaking the happy greetings of these youngsters from East-the-Water School as they flourish their Coronation Souvenir beakers.

    29.5.1953 East the Water School

    The scene was repeated with equal zest at other schools and souvenir distributions. This was the beginning of an exciting week for the children that will be remembers long after school days have finished. 

    The Gazette article is dated 29 May 1953

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  • 1937 Coronation - Woolsery

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal

    Coronation - Woolsery - 11th May 1937

     

    Woolsery

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal features of the Woolsery Coronation Celebrations. At 2pm there will be a service in the Parish Church. The children's sports follow the presentation of Coronation mugs. At half past four there will be a free tea in the Parish Room followed by the adult's sports. The day will conclude with a free concert in the Institute, commencing at 8pm. The Vicar (Rev. E L Lewis) is chairman of the Celebrations Committee with Mr G E Mullard

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  • Hospital Decorated for Coronation 1937

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given

    Hospital Decorated for Coronation - May 1937

     

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given a copy of the souvenir programme of the National ceremony to which they listened-in. There was a special meal in celebration of the great day. Some of the patients able to go out watched the Bideford Pageant. On the Thursday the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford (Mr and Mrs T A Goaman) visited the hospital wards wearing their chains of office and distributed Coronation beakers to the children.

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  • 5 June 1953

    These happy youngsters at Abbotsham's tea party illustrate that everywhere in Coronation celebrations it was essentially a children's day.

    5.6.1953 Abbotsham
    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Foundation Stone Laid Of Parish Hall

    5.6.1953 Alverdiscott great day

    Alverdiscott will have two permanent memorials to the Coronation. Between the Parish Church and the Methodist Chapel and near the bus stop, an oak wayside seat, which she and her husband presented, was unveiled by Mrs A B Leitch and later, at Stoney Cross, Mr George Ford, chairman of the Parish Council and of the Coronation Committee, laid the foundation stone of the new Parish Hall.
    In addition to their souvenir mugs presented at the free tea, children of the parish were given souvenir tins of toffees.
    Sports went with a swing, young and

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  • 5 June 1953

    Laying the foundation stone of the new parish hall gave an additional local significance to the celebrations at Alverdiscott.

    5.6.1953 Alverdiscott

    It saw the first stage of the fulfillment of a long awaited and long worked for scheme. The photograph shows Mr George Ford, chairman of the Parish Hall Committee and of the Parish Council, and a most stalwart worker on behalf of the hall, laying the stone.

    The Gazette article is dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Appledore’s Proud Array

    5.6.1953 Appledore

    Appledore’s narrow streets lent themselves well to decoration and last weekend found groups of neighbours hard at work erecting archways and crowns, flags and other expressions of loyalty and affection. There was scarcely a house that did not have at least one Royal portrait exhibited in its windows and a feature of the decorations was the great care which individual houses had been decorated.
    Tomouth Terrace and Crescent won the prize of £2 for the best decorated street and this money went towards the street tea for the children who live there. At 6am on Coronation Day

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  • 5 June 1953

    Mt Everest to the 'Fishermen of England'

    5.6.1953 Appledore1

    Time and tide wait for no man, not even for a Queen, but whether it be at Mt Everest, where Britishers had climbed the world's highest mountain, or at Appledore, where the 'Fisherman of England' were not missing the fine catch of salmon from the Torridge Estuary, mugs of beverage were raised in loyal toasts.... Brandy at Mt Everest and Beer at the 'George' and 'Beaver' at Appledore!

    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Pupils of Bideford Secondary Modern School raise their Coronation beakers as if in toast to Her Majesty...

    5.6.1953 Bideford School

    a photograph taken after the distribution of these souvenirs to the Bideford schoolchildren by the Mayor, Mr C A Grant. Standing at the back is the headmaster, Mr J E Down.
    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    With appropriate ceremony the Union Jack is hoisted at Bideford Quayside, typical of the loyal displays made throughout our towns and villages.

    5.6.1953 Bideford

    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Women’s Football At Bideford

    5.6.1953 Bideford Womens football


    In a women’s Coronation soccer match at the King George V Memorial Ground on Coronation Eve, the Bideford West team, by scoring eight goals in the second half, made their total ten goals without reply against their East-the-Water rivals.
    Both teams had trained seriously and considerable interest had been aroused by this match. Hard as both teams tried, however, their efforts were generally accompanied by the laughter from the large crowd present.
    At regular intervals, a flock of about a dozen sheep galloped playfully across the pitch and the referee, Mr L M J Sharley, had

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  • 5 June 1953

    For mothers-to-be in Bideford, Torrington and the surrounding districts Coronation day was tinged with disappointment for, so far as can be ascertained from exhaustive Bideford and North Devon Gazette inquiries, not a single baby was born in this area on Coronation day.

    5.6.1953 Coronation babies


    Several babies were expected to be born at about Coronation day but twins born at Beaford to Mrs Bright, on the Monday, and a boy to Mrs Johns, of St Leonards, Hartland, on the Wednesday were among the nearest to the actual day.
    Quite a number of districts had offered silver spoons as souvenirs to Coronation babies and

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  • 5 June 1953

    Special provision was made at Northam and Orchard Hill for the old people of the two wards.

    5.6.1953 Northam1

    The television programme of the Coronation was relayed for them in the Congregational Hall from 10 o’clock in the morning until 4.30 in the afternoon with a break for lunch which was also taken in the Hall.
    Councillors of the two wards and members of the Coronation Committee assembled at the Council Chambers at 8.45 to witness the hoisting of the flag by Mr John Heywood. Then followed the parade to the united service at St Margaret’s Parish Church.
    Sports for all the

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  • 5 June 1953

    Bonfires and Fireworks Light up the Skies

    Rejoicing

    Services, television, decorations, sports, dancing
    The blazing Coronation night bonfires that could be seen lighting up the skies all around the district were symbols of the warm-hearted loyalty and affection of the large crowds which kept up the day’s celebrations until midnight.
    Bideford greeted Coronation day with the full ceremonial of colour hoisting. Following in the namesake of the first Elizabethan era, TS Revenge took pride of place in the ceremony and from her company of Sea Cadets came the colour parties which did duty at the official flagstaffs on the Quay and

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  • 5 June 1953

    In this Coronation photograph taken at Buckingham Palace,

    5.6.1953 souvenir picture of occasion

    are (left to right): Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, The Duchess of Kent, Princess Margaret, Her Majesty The Queen, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; (behind) – The Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent; The Princess Royal, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince William and Prince Richard of Gloucester
    Gazette dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Many thousands in this district saw the Coronation service on television, either in their own homes or in community halls.

    5.6.1953 St Giles in the Wood

    This photograph shows a group of watchers at St Giles-in-the-Wood village hall.

    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Erecting some of the decorations with which Torrington greeted the great day.

    5.6.1953 Torrington

    This photogrpah was taken outside Messrs James Tapscott's glove factory.

    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    Symbolising the Coronation spirit of pulling together is this hearty scene from Westleigh's celebrations where in the tug-o-war competitions the village beat Trayhill, Southcott and farmers' teams.

    5.6.1953 Westleigh
    Gazette article dated 5 June 1953

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  • 5 June 1953

    The Great Day began for many people with the United Service of prayer and thanksgiving in Holy Trinity Church.

    5.6.1953 WHo

    Television revealed, as has never been possible before, the deeply religious significance of the Coronation Service, and none could fail to be impressed by our gracious young Queen’s beauty and dignity through the long hours of her consecration to the service of God and her people.
    Despite strong wind, a crowd of happy children gathered in the Cricket Field for sports after lunch and later assembled in the gaily decorated Kingsley Hall for a truly royal feast of good things. Souvenir

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  • 12 June 1953

    The Coronation in Gevacolor

    12.6.1953 Cinema

    Full length Coronation News Reel

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  • 12 June 1953

    Dr and Mrs C J Carey judge the fancy dress entries in the Square, which provided part of Northam’s festive air on Coronation day.

    12.6.1953 Coronation scenes Northam and Appledore

    Youthful dancers at Appledore enjoying themselves in Marine Parade on the evening of Coronation day.
    First prize for the best decorated street at Appledore went to the residents of Tomouth Terrace and Crescent. They were summoned by bugle at 6am on Coronation day for decoration duty and right well they did their work. As our photograph shows they erected a splendid Gothic arch of evergreens decorated with crowns and the Royal Cipher, flanked by life sized

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  • 12 June 1953

    Typical of the happy Coronation Street teas was this gathering in Elm Grove, Bideford.

    12.6.1953 Elm Grove

    At the head of the tables are Miss H Goaman, Mrs E M Cox, Mrs Grant, Mr C A Grant, Mr A Kingdom, Mrs Backway and Mr F C Backway.
    Gazette dated 12 June 1953.

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  • 12 June 1953

    Coronation Pageant at Frithelstock

    12.6.1953 Frithelstock

    Every child in Frithelstock School took part in the historical pageant play, The Queens of England, and two short sketches, which the school presented to mark the Coronation year.
    Six Queens of England were shown in turn in the six playlets, which commenced with Boadicea and came up through history with Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Anne, Victoria to Elizabeth II.
    On the last evening, Mrs Hunt was presented with a bouquet by little Miss Margaret Bond, and bouquets were presented to the producers of the show, Mrs Knowles and Miss Christine Bow. Mrs Hunt presented a

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  • 12 June 1953

    Against a back-cloth of the Union Jack and loyal good wishes, Mrs Bill, wife of Bishop S A Bill, Rector of Instow, cuts the cake which was presented to the parish's Coronation celebrations and formed the centre-piece of the tea held in the North Devon Cricket Club's pavilion.

    12.6.1953 Instow

    Gazette article dated 12 June 1953

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  • 12 June 1953

    Healthy young appetites do full justice to the ample spread at Monkleigh's coronation tea and smile their appreciation at the photographer.

    12.6.1953 Monkleigh

    Gazette article dated 12 June 1953

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  • 12 June 1953

    Special thoughts for children and old people

    12.6.1953 Street Parties1

    In the past ten days street teas to celebrate the Coronation have been organised throughout the district. These happy community expressions of loyalty and neighbourliness are in the long-standing tradition of Coronation and jubilee celebrations.
    Civil leaders, notably the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, have assiduously visited the many parties in response to cordial invitations and have brought messages of congratulations and good wishes coupled with references to the significance to all of the great occasion of Coronation.
    Women’s Street Committees brought to triumphant completion the carefully laid plans for bumper spreads and

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  • 12 June 1953

    With the sun adding to the gaiety of its decorations, Sunnyside, Bideford E, looks a picture, and well upheld its name by being awarded first prize in the competition organised by Bideford and District Chamber of Trade for the best decorated street at Coronation time.

    12.6.1953 Sunnyside Bideford

    There were large baskets of flowers hanging from the middle of the street with laurel arches at each end, window boxes on every house, and Royal portraits, flags and bunting.
    Gazette article dated 12 June 1953

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  • 25 June 1953

    Bulkworthy

    25.6.1918 Bulkworthy

    The Sunday School anniversary in connection with the United Methodists has just been held. On the Sunday inspiring sermons were preached by Mr Yeo, of Bideford, to large congregations.
    On Monday afternoon the Rev R E Wilton gave a very interesting address to the children, after which tea was provided in the School-room, the tables being presided over by Mesdames Jones and Walter, assisted by Miss Eveline Jones and Mrs Featherstone, while Mesdames Blight and Hancock were responsible for the management of provisions.
    The meeting in the evening was presided over by the Rev R E Wilton. Mr Cleverdon

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  • 19 June 1953

    An estate ‘Queen’ and ‘Mayor and Mayoress’ were elected when Town Park Estate, Torrington, held its Coronation celebrations on Saturday last.

    19.6.1953 Torrington Town Park Estate

    Proceedings commenced with a tea for all members of the estate. The Mayor and Mayoress of Torrington, Mr and Mrs J H Long, were presented with a bouquet by Miss Angela Plows. Following tea, olde tyme and modern dancing to Mrs A Popham and Mr P Oke on their accordions held the stage.
    The ‘Queen’, Mrs Joan Ayre, a brunette, was crowned by Mrs A Balkwill. The heralds, Messrs Fred Muncey and Joe Howells, escorted the ‘Queen’ and presented

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  • 12 June 1953

    Coronation day at Torrington began with a united service at the Parish Church, the official parade being accompanied by Torrington Voluntary Silver Band.

    12.6.1953 Torrington

    The service was conducted by Rev C J Barker accompanied by Revs Lloyd Evans, A M Granger and T H Sheriff. The Mayor, Mr J H Long, addressed the Coronation parade.
    The weather vastly improved during the afternoon and there was brilliant sunshine for the sports at the Secondary Modern School field.
    Adult events results included: W Hopkins; H Baker; B Hearn; D Auberton; F J Gent; R Bennett; C Mules; S Stone; Harold Weeks; J Hill;

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  • 12 June 1953

    Presentation to Secretary

    12.6.1953 WHo Chalet

    There was a touching scene at The Chalet old people’s home at Westward Ho! on Coronation night when, at a special celebration dinner arranged by the old people and staff, the toast to the Queen was honoured on the proposal of Col J E Cruickshank.
    The eighteen residents of the home had all subscribed towards such a dinner and with the help of the staff, led by Mrs Nichol, matron, competitions run and a whist drive organised to help swell funds.
    The opportunity was also taken at the dinner of making presentation on behalf of the residents

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