Picture stirs memories of street party

An old image found in the bottom of a box has brought to life the celebrations in Appledore of the Queen’s coronation.

CRYSTAL clear memories of street celebrations flooded back to one Appledore resident at the discovery of an old photograph last week.

The pristine image was captured in 1953, but has been hidden away unseen in a box for the past 45 years until it was discovered by owner Geoff Heard.

The photograph shows the residents of Tomouth Cresent and the surrounding streets in Appledore under a giant archway celebrating the Queen’s coronation.

Mr Heard, now 70, said: “I was having a bit of a clear out when I came across the photo; as soon as I saw it everything came flooding back as clear as anything.

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“I remember we had a carpenter that lived next door to us, and he and his wife made the entire, giant archway by hand.

“There were tables lined along all the streets, and everybody came out to celebrate.

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“It was one of those times when everyone really pulled together and got stuck in helping each other out; it was just amazing.”

Mr Heard, who is in the front row of the photograph holding a baby, hopes the photograph will stir memories for others who see it.

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