How Stonehaven Celebrated the Coronation

A BEACON at Dunnottar Castle tonight will light the way for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Stonehaven, where many shops have displays suitably bedecked with flags and bunting, such as this feature image of Cornerstone’s display.

Some 69 years ago, the Queen’s coronation was a matter of huge public excitement, with a programme of events laid on to mark the occasion – including a visit of HMS Barneath, which anchored in the bay; “Victoria Regina” productions in the Town Hall, with a performance for pensioners and parties from Woodcot, Edenholme and ‘inmates’ of Arduthie Hospital; and a Grand Processional Pageant and a Concert Party – and more.

I am indebted to Charlie Sands for the following copy of the panphlet detailing the town’s activities. If you take your time to look, it provides an often surprising insight into life in 1953 – from the history held dear and re-enacted, to descriptions of advanced agricultural machinery and boy scouts’ suspension bridge building skills.

If anyone would enjoy seeing the Coronation Souvenir Programme, a copy will be on show at the Stonehaven Business Association’s Feein’ Market stall on Saturday.