Maybe I don't like these things after all, actually. Nevertheless, the old street party refuses to die in the United Kingdom, particularly for royal events such as coronation anniversaries, weddings and acrimonious divorces. So, I decided to look through the annals of history to find pictures of the street parties which took place for the Queen's coronation in 1953, which we are all celebrating this weekend even though most of us aren't and anyway we're not because 1953 was 59 years ago.
Nevertheless, the Queen is now the Queen and then was the Queen and crowns were worn and curried chicken was consumed and diarrhoea was enjoyed by all. Here are how our ancestors celebrated a good old-fashioned royal shindig before we got all cynical because of MTV, smart phones and Tony Blair.
|Liverpool, 1953: fancy dress|
|Liverpool 1953 - no-one told him it didn't wash off|
|Edinburgh 1953 - wonky table|
|Newham 1953 - close encounters|
|Trowbridge, Wiltshire 1953 - space saving|
|Brighton 1953 - limited interest|