Fernhurst villagers enjoy look through archives

IT WAS not just a Jubilee show but a right royal romp through the Fernhurst Archives with a few extras brought in by parishioners to show their royal connections.

The Fernhurst Archive group gathered for the event an amazing collection of photos, postcards, newspaper reports, artefacts and ephemera.

There were mugs from every coronation over the last 100 years and commemorative plates from some, articles on tea at Buckingham Palace, and a wonderful collection of coins from jubilees celebrated during the reigns of George III, Queen Victoria, George V and the present Queen. Programmes from the Jubilee Fleet Review of 1935 were included, photographs of visits by Prince Philip and later Prince Charles to the ICI site, investitures for honours, and an article by Ann Pennington who had worked in the honours office.

In addition, there were many articles from Plant Protection magazines about royal visits over the years, and photos of employees who still live in the village.

The coronation pageant staged in 1953 in the village was on display, with many of those in it still recognisable today. Coffee was served, sweets wrapped in red white and blue napkins were given to children and the school PTA sold cakes.