An estate ‘Queen’ and ‘Mayor and Mayoress’ were elected when Town Park Estate, Torrington, held its Coronation celebrations on Saturday last.
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 her to the ‘Mayor, Mrs Ruby Howells, and ‘Mayoress’, Mr Albert Balkwill.
In the wheelbarrow race for adults, Mr W Ayre received a cut nose and minor abrasion in a spill and in the men’s tug-of-war, the rope snapped under the strain and Mr George Drew fell heavily and injured his leg. Another casualty was Mrs K Drew. The day ended with further dancing to Mr A Jones’ radiogram.
The celebrations were organised by Messrs A Pell and A Balkwill, and Mesdames W Ayre and G Drew, assisted by a small committee. Thanks are extended to Mr F Heale, Weke and Mr C Hill of Crowbeare; the Voluntary Silver Band; and Mrs W Sparkes. The table decorations were later given to the Torrington Cottage Hospital.
The full Gazette article is dated 19 June 1953