QUEEN Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was an occasion for great rejoicing and merry making across the country. Here in the Black Country it seems that everybody staged some kind of celebration.
This account of how Dudley's postmen enjoyed the day comes from the Dudley Herald, June 26, 1897.
"Through the kindness of the ladies and gentlemen of Dudley the postmen, together with telegraph messengers, celebrated Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday by starting from the Post Office at 12am for a short drive in the country via Lower Gornal and Highgate common. A stop was made for a short time at ''Apenny Green', lunch being there taken. A stroll was afterwards taken into the various parts of the country, which was very much enjoyed by all. Returning home a stop was made at the Cross Hotel, Kingswinford, the usual refresher being taken, and a game of balls was indulged in. Arriving at the starting point at 5.30pm, dinner was partaken of at the Crown Hotel, to which full justice was done by every member of the staff, the time afterwards being spent in a very comfortable manner."