Queen's Coronation - Tea Party and Bonfire At Howard's Farm (now Jotman's Farm)

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There was a celebration of the Queen’s Coronation in the farmer’s field at the back of Watlington Road Benfleet, what is now Jotman’s Farm. This was instead of a street party, the whole of the South Down estate was involved.

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Note: Following publication of this article Ann Adams (nee Morrison) was able to add to the story.  For her thoughts and some official photographs of the occasion click here

Susan Cowan age 3yrs ready for fancy dress competition complete with union jack at the coronation party.
Dave Cowan
Dave Cowan
Coronation celebration at what is now Joman's Farm field.
There was a big bonfire, a tea party and fancy dress.

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  • I went to the Coronation party fancy dress as a much protesting ” jack a dandy”. I wasn’t into dressing up.  My sister Janice was dressed as an english rose. I remember the evening entertainment when my uncle Bob Woodroff and Mr Gregory dressed as Wilson Kepple and Betty and performed the famous Sand Dance, shuffling to and fro on the stage in the marquee in Howards top field. Happy memories of all my cousins and childhood friends who lived on the estate.

    By Alan Baptist (26/05/2012)

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