‘PARTY LIKE IT’S 1953’
Friends Reunited users share personal images and stories of street parties in honour of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne
It is a snapshot of Britain 60-years ago when millions of neighbours, parents and children gathered together in their streets across the country to celebrate Elizabeth II becoming Queen.
Following the nationwide support and festivities of the Golden Jubilee, Friends Reunited asked its users to share their cherished images and memories ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation on 2nd June 2013.
The collection of pictures showcases the community spirit in neighbourhoods up and down the country as sandwiches were made and lemonade drinks handed out. From Dorset to Middlesbrough the streets were lined with regal-coloured bunting and children in fancy dress can be seen enjoying all the treats on offer.
Those that sent the pictures into Friends Reunited remembered neighbours getting together to make sure there were enough tables for the children, organising food and drink as well as games and competitions.
Matt Bushby, Head of Friends Reunited, said: “With the entire country in celebratory mood we thought it would be great to remember an iconic moment in British history, as we look ahead to create new memories to save and share with our friends and family on Friends Reunited.
“It is really interesting to see the depth of community spirit and how everyone got together to celebrate the occasion. Often there were only a few televisions in each street so dozens of people would be crowded into living rooms around one black and white set.”
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About Friends Reunited
Friends Reunited is the original social network with over 24 million members. Launched in 2000 as a back-bedroom hobby to put old school friends back in touch, it swiftly became a British media phenomenon. Today, the site has evolved to celebrate every blast from the past, becoming a central part of the Brightsolid mission to safeguard the nation’s history.