The day the Queen arrived in town

Rouser 2012
Rouser 2012

THE occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of a reigning monarch is one that we share with our forebears in 1897 when Queen Victoria celebrated her 60 years on the throne.

Newhaven, by the way, has been fortunate to have welcomed both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

This photograph, courtesy of the Journal of the Newhaven Historical Society, shows our current Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the Port on July 16, 1962.

During a busy schedule they met the crew of the lifeboat and members of the council.

On the eastern side of the river crowds stood on the deck of the cross-channel ferry, the Londres, as it left for Dieppe, and had a perfect view of the royal visit.

Schoolchildren lined the riverside as the Queen and Prince Phillip were later driven to the Searchlight Workshops where they met residents and staff.

l When Queen Victoria visited Newhaven in 1872 she commented that the fishwives were ‘many and very enthusiastic, but not in their smartest dress’. Fortunately she was referring to a different Newhaven - a district in Edinburgh!