RETRO: Queen’s Coronation down our street

Coronation Day at the Ball Inn, Myrtle Road, Arbourthorne, 1953.'Front row L-R: Thora Myers, Wilf Myers, Josey Myers, Kathleen Creaser and Pat Beatson
Coronation Day at the Ball Inn, Myrtle Road, Arbourthorne, 1953.'Front row L-R: Thora Myers, Wilf Myers, Josey Myers, Kathleen Creaser and Pat Beatson
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Sheffield joined in Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation celebrations in true Yorkshire style and there was no chance a bit of rain was going to stop the fun.

There were streets adorned with bunting, flags, hog roasts, memorabilia and parties galore.

Coronation party in 1953, the venue is/was what we called the Tin Chapel on Chesterfield Road junction of Beeton Road and was where we all went to Sunday School. My name is John Griffin and I was with my sister Jean and our cousin Barry Sorsby, we lived on Bradbury Street and Barry lived on Little London Place.  Is there anyone else still around who recognises themselves in the picture. I remember we all got a Coronation mug of sweets after the party.  The old church with its distinctive twin towers has been demolished and replaced with a new one.

Coronation party in 1953, the venue is/was what we called the Tin Chapel on Chesterfield Road junction of Beeton Road and was where we all went to Sunday School. My name is John Griffin and I was with my sister Jean and our cousin Barry Sorsby, we lived on Bradbury Street and Barry lived on Little London Place. Is there anyone else still around who recognises themselves in the picture. I remember we all got a Coronation mug of sweets after the party. The old church with its distinctive twin towers has been demolished and replaced with a new one.

It had all been months in the planning yet, then as today, the one thing which couldn’t be foreseen was the weather.

It bucketed it down.

But if some streets were a little more deserted than expected it was less to do with the weather and more to do with the spread of TV.

There were 1,548 television licences taken out in the month before the Coronation as families bought their first set in time for the big event.

And if they didn’t have one at home, there was a good chance they could watch the ceremony on the box at work.

At WT Flather Ltd workers and their families took packed picnic lunches so they could munch away in the canteen while watching the happenings at Westminster Abbey on telly.

There were some celebrations which were rained off the streets but that didn’t mean they were cancelled.

Here is one of our many reports the day after the Coronation: “Many Coronation parties in Sheffield and district were rained off the streets yesterday, but spirits were not dampened and celebrations continued indoors.

“Showers and wind gusts which accompanied thunderstorms left bunting bedraggled-looking but, in the main, little damaged.

“In Sheffield, a party organised for the children of Bamforth Street and Burton Street moved indoors.

“It was to be held in the back yards of homes, but instead took place in the canteen of a nearby timber merchant.

“At Langley Street, Darnall, rain meant that over 50 children had to cram into the front room of Mr and Mrs J W Winfrow.”

At Fleet Street in Brightside a fish and chip shop opened up to rescue a damp children’s party and on Spital Street, landlord Tom Whittaker ushered another celebration for youngsters into the Cromwell Arms.

At Handsworth Avenue motorists drove their cars out of garages to keep another event dry.