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60 years on

What did you do on Coronation Day? (Always assuming that you were around then.)

I watched it on a twelve -inch black and white 405-line television screen, in our house in Motherwell. My uncle and aunt were there too, as they hadn’t joined the limited ranks of telly owners at that stage. It went on for a hell of a long time, more than the attendance span of my cousins and I, for I remember playing in the rain at one point in the afternoon. A day or so later, our street had a party in a community hall. The kids all did turns. I sang a song called ‘In a Golden Coach’ for which I received a warm ovation; it was the beginning and end of my show-biz career.

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  1. Bridget Perkin
    June 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I was indeed around, but was just under two years old and, sadly, I have no memories of that day. My parents bought their first television for the occasion, which lasted for many years, and I think my father might have taken my older sister to “town” (we lived not too far from Wembley) to see the spectacle, but she would have been only four, so that may be wrong. We had some patriotic paper decorations, which did good service at Christmas afterwards.

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