Her Majesty, wearing the Imperial State crown, smiling and waving from the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh after her Coronation at Westminster Abbey. Picture: INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty Images
Her Majesty, wearing the Imperial State crown, smiling and waving from the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh after her Coronation at Westminster Abbey. Picture: INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty Images

See how Littlehampton celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953

Littlehampton and the surrounding villages celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in style in June 1953, with days of festivities, performances, processions and fireworks.

By Elaine Hammond
Thursday, 10th March 2022, 4:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2022, 5:59 pm

Coronation Day in Littlehampton was a day of fun and games, smiles and laughter. Right from the word go, everyone was determined to enjoy themselves, with a colourful Coronation pageant part of the proceedings.

Angmering villagers gathered under a canopy of brightly-coloured bunting for a fancy dress procession of children and adults. During tea, Coronation mugs were presented to the children and Coronation Queen Miss Jean Bridger presented prizes to the carnival winners. The day ended with a bonfire at Ham Manor Golf Club and fireworks.

Rustington’s programme of celebrations was a great success, with many attractions and sideshows on the recreation ground, decorated for the day in bright colours. The baby show proved particularly popular and there were dancing demonstrations by Green School of Dancing, Rustington Square Dance Club and Matthis School of Dancing. The finale was a torchlight procession attended by almost every child in the neighbourhood, along with Littlehampton Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps bands.

Thousands were able to watch the ceremonies in London, thanks to the advent of television. The other thing that stood out was the weather. Temperatures on Coronation Eve were equal to November and it was the coldest June night in Worthing for nine years. The day itself was warmer but it was still the coldest June day locally for seven years, with only 4.7 hours of sunshine.

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