The day the Queen came to town.
QE Hospital is officially opened
By Linda Perry
All my friends and I were wildly excited when the Queen came to town to open the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in 1963.
I was at at Rollswood School and I remember marching from school all the way down Howlands to sit in a position ,just opposite where I lived at 405 Howlands, near the junction of Hollybush Lane and wait for her car.
There were lots of other children there and I suppose a number came from Creswick School at the other end of Howlands.
I think we must have had flags to wave and I heard later that they had been supplied by local author, Barbara Cartland, as the local council said they couldn’t afford them.
After the Queen had driven by I thought, “that’s good, I’ll be able to go home now”, but we had to walk all the way back to the school and finish our lessons.
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