Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth the II on the 2nd of June 1953 was attended by the Barons of the Cinque Ports as per ancient charter. On this occasion, Alderman H. W. Rymill and Alderman H. Burden were the representatives from Hastings. Ald. Rymill received into his charge the Royal Standard from Field Marshall Montgomery following the Royal procession. Sir Winston Churchill wearing the uniform of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports was present at the ceremony together with the Barons and other nobility and guests. Locally the event was memorialised by the ceremonial planting of thirty trees in Wellington Square and celebrated with a number of street parties around the area. Two destroyers, the H.M.S. Agincourt and H.M.S. Corunna anchored about a mile off Hastings pier throughout the day.
First born baby locally
The first born baby locally following the Coronation were actually twins (possibly the only twins born that day) born to Mr. Albert George O'Neill and his wife, Agnes Eileen. The children, a boy and a girl were named Norman Phillip and Norma Elizabeth in honour of the Coronation. The christian names were not, as may be supposed, taken from the Norman invasion, but in honour of Albert's commanding officer, Lieut. Norman Crampton.
References & Notes
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 6 June 1953 Pg. 0001