Memories of The Coronation Street Party of  1953 - Harold Park

To celebrate the Queen’s Coronation in June 1953 our road decided to hold a “Street Party”.  Preparations began weeks in advance with money being collected every week from each family taking part, to pay for bunting, prizes etc.  I think the amount was about one shilling per week each in old money.  On the morning of the party our Harold Park street  was decorated with red, white and blue bunting and all the bungalows were decked out in flags and bunting.  A prize was given for the best decorated bungalow.

When the party started the first event was “Sports”, on the field at the end of the road.  There were running races, a sack race, three legged race and an egg and spoon race.  The “eggs” I think were table tennis balls.  A “Tug of War” was also held between two teams of men.  After the sports came the “Tea Party”, for the children which took place on long tables in the middle of the road.  There were sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes and jelly drinks, made of fruit juice and lemonade.  All the food was provided by the mums.  I remember my mother made a large orange jelly.  After tea each child was given a gift of a “Coronation Mug and Plate”.  The next event was the “children’s fancy dress”.  I was in this with the boy who lived two doors away from me.  We were dressed as “The Bride and Groom”.  My dress was an old bridesmaids dress, the veil was made from net curtains and the bouquet was real flowers from the garden.  We didn’t win a prize.

In the evening a talent show was put on.  A stage had been set up in one of the front gardens, a piano was brought out from somewhere and chairs set up for the audiences.  There were dancers, singers, a short play and a group of mums doing the “Can Can”.  The day ended with a “sing song” and last of all The National “Anthem”.  We all went home with happy memories of a lovely day.

Liz  Savill,

Harold Park

April 2012