Coronation celebrations 1953
Programme of events
By Jane Toyne
The Hatfield Rural District Council produced a souvenir programme of the celebrations of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday 2nd June 1953. Lord Salisbury wrote a short foreword.
The programme of events lasted a whole week amd began on Friday 29th May. The programme was as follows:
Friday & Saturday 29th & 30th May
‘When knights were bold’ by Hatfield Dramatic Society, held at Hatfield Technical College at 7.45pm. A limited number of tickets could be reserved for a charge of 5/- each or unreserved tickets on the night were 2/- and 1/- for children.
Sunday 31st May
There was a combined church service at 3pm at the Hatfield Parish Church.
Tuesday 2nd June (Coronation Day)
There was a carnival procession which began at the De Havilland car park at 3.15pm and it’s route took them past Stone House Hotel, St Albans Road, French Horn Lane, Great North Road, Briars Lane and finished at Howe Dell School sports field where there was a short drumhead service.
At 5pm were tne sports finals and open events. Hatfield youth centre, Mid Herts motor cycle and car club, Hatfield air training corps cadets and Hatfield Scottish Society also did displays.
Dancing following from approximately 8.30pm with the evening ending with a bonfire and fireworks display.
Wednesday 3rd June from 5pm
Entertainment and supper for residents of 65 years and over was held at the Hatfield Technical College with entertainment being provided by pupils form Mrs Stainforths school of dancing.
Thursday 4th June from 7.30pm
The De Havilland choral society presented a concert version of ‘Merrie England’ and Gasgoyne Cecil school with tickets being priced at 2/- and 1/-.
Friday 5th June
During the evening a coronation civic ball was held at Homestead Court Hotel, details of the event could be obtained from the council offices.
Saturday 6th June
The week of celebrations ended with an open day at De Havillands.
The Hatfield Rural District Council also presented a coronation souvenir mug to all the children in the Rural District born between 1st June 1938 and 3rd June 1953.