The Coronation of 1911
Celebrations for King George V
Lesley McCabe (Nottage Maritime Institute)
The coronation for George V was a rather formal affair. It started with a church service at St Mary’s, the lesson being read by Charles Gooch who was a local dignitary.
The procession then formed, preceded by all the important organisations of the time and wended its way round the lower streets of the village before heading up the Avenue to Tenacres (opposite the Coop) for an afternoon of sport and fun. The newly formed Scouts put on a display and there was a tea party for about 600 children
Parades were a popular form of event. From other surviving photographs, it would seem that the whole population would turn out for them, either to participate or as spectators.