The death of Prince Philip has prompted memories of Oxfordshire residents celebrating the Coronation in 1953.

Pictures of street parties in Titup Hall Drive, Wood Farm and Bedford Street in east Oxford, have been located in the Oxford Mail archives.

In 2013 Ken and Irene Taylor have found a picture of the festivities in their road, Titup Hall Drive at Wood Farm, Headington.

Residents sat down to a sumptuous tea in the street which, like many others, had been closed to traffic.

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Old Road can be seen in the background and the building just left of centre is the Crown and Thistle pub, the former hostelry and coaching inn, which closed in 2011.

To its right, on the opposite side of the road, was Tilly’s general store, run by two elderly ladies, where many children bought sweets.

The man standing in the background possibly preparing to take his own photograph of the party is Mr Taylor’s father, Syd.

He was chief projectionist at the Scala Cinema in Walton Street for many years and took many photographs, particularly of St Giles Fair.

Syd’s wife, Evelyn, is also in the picture, standing to his right.

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Another person at the party was Paula Beresford-Beattie, who wore traditional red, white and blue – a white dress with red and blue rick-rack braiding.

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She said in 2013: “I remember the Corona bottles on the table. The ice-cream man came and we had spearmint ice lollies which gave us all blue tongues.”

The Oxford Mail gave extensive coverage to local celebrations which followed the Coronation.

Many communities organised carnivals, parades, street parties, races, competitions, church services and much more, chose their own Coronation Queens and handed Coronation mugs to children as mementoes.

The paper reported: “In Oxford and the neighbouring towns and villages, the Queen’s Coronation was celebrated in a spirit befitting a great occasion.

Cold weather, with rain later, modified some of the arrangements, but thousands of children had their tea parties and sports, and their elders joined in making it a day to be remembered.”

Some communities opted for the unusual – at Curbridge, near Witney, Coronation Day dawned with a herd of decorated Friesian cows going to pasture, accompanied by a trumpeter to awaken the villagers.


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