The whole street came to celebrate

From left, Margaret Greer, Evelyn Gourlay, Mary Chilton and Jan Donaldson
From left, Margaret Greer, Evelyn Gourlay, Mary Chilton and Jan Donaldson

RESIDENTS at a Kirkcaldy care home have been sharing their memories of the Queen’s coronation as they prepare to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend.

Four ladies at Raith Gates told The Press they all had different ways of marking the historic event in the early 1950s.

Evelyn Gourlay (99) said: “I remember we had a tea party in the street. All the mothers brought tables out and we had corned beef sandwiches.

‘‘I was brought up in Kirkcaldy in St Clair Street - the children all made flags at school for the occasion.”

Mary Chilton (90) was in the army at the time and she recalls marching in a special parade in London for Her Majesty.

She said: “I joined the army when war broke out and the Queen was in the army at the same time as me. I remember seeing her in her uniform.”

Jan Donaldson (87) lived in Kirkcaldy at the time and she remembers travelling to watch the Queen being crowned.

She said: “I travelled on the train to my sister’s - she lived in Wishaw - because she had a television!

“She earned more than me and I couldn’t afford a TV. I remember we all gathered around to watch the coronation.”

Margaret Greer (76) said: “We had a street party in Chapel Village. We baked all the cakes - we had big ones with cherries on them as well as scones.

“We all sang, danced and listened to music and I remember I had a new dress for the day with a hat.

‘‘We had flags and streamers and white linen tablecloths.”

She added: “Everyone in the street came out and joined in the celebrations.”

Alana Jones, unit manager at Raith Gates, said they have various activities planned this weekend to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

She said a family day is being held on Sunday and residents will be watching a special church service on the Monday.

But she said the main celebrations are taking place on Tuesday. She said: “We will have everything decorated in red, white and blue and we are making Union Jack cupcakes and crown biscuits.

“We are having a special Royal menu at lunchtime, which will include Royal roast beef, and Victoria sponges in the afternoon.”

She added there will also be entertainment laid on for the residents and they will be able to watch the Jubilee celebrations on television.