1952 Exmouth accession ceremony documents found

PUBLISHED: 10:31 16 February 2012

1953 accession

1953 accession

Archant

Thousands of people turned out to mourn the death of the Queen Mother and thousands more are set to hold street parties celebrating the Jubilee this summer - but despite this there is no doubt that celebrating Royal occasions have become a matter of public choice.

But 60-year documents revealed by an Exmouth historian show how times have changed - and Royal events in the 1950s were less optional and somewhat more compulsory.

The documents, revealed by Chris Long, includes the original letter from the Exmouth Urban District Council for a ‘reading of proclamation of Accession Queen Elizabeth II’ to the throne and the death of her father, King George VI.

The letter dated February 7 1952, shows that the service, the next day, was to be conducted by the chairman of the council, Brigadier Cameron-Webb and reads: “The chairman of the council trusts that all members of the council…, with their wives, officials, members of all organisations…together with members of the public will be present at the ceremony.”

The documents also shows the event’s seating arrangement in the Strand Gardens – including a ‘special’ cordoned-off area for ‘councillors wives’; precluding the possibility that any of the councillors were female and actually had husbands.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30

Inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake, youngsters from St Peter’s Primary School have held a ‘space week’.

Read more
06:30

A competition has been launched to inspire people to provide habitats for bees.

Read more
Fri, 16:06

A thieving son who broke into his father’s home when he was in hospital has been jailed after the victim told a judge he had broken his heart.

Read more
Fri, 15:32

A professional footballer paedophile who worked in Exmouth and was found guilty of child abuse has been told by a judge his ‘long jail sentence’ has been adjourned so he can apply for legal aid.

Read more
Fri, 14:50

A Judge has banned nightmare neighbour Alex Humphreys from returning to her former address in Exmouth after her ‘disgraceful’ behaviour towards other residents.

Read more
Fri, 12:55

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare said it has been ‘humbled’ by the selfless generosity of the Harbour View Café.

Read more
Fri, 11:45

Police are appealing for information after an arm shield was stolen from a parked vehicle in Exmouth.

Read more
Fri, 11:02

Plans to demolish a restaurant in Exmouth and replace it with seven houses have been withdrawn by the applicant, although revised plans are expected soon.

Read more
Fri, 10:00

An Exmouth family business is warning others to be vigilant after falling victim to a scam costing it around £1,500.

Read more
Fri, 06:30

A weekly class, inspired by a pensioner who is learning to read for the first time, has been launched in Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications