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Newspaper medal for Dudley schoolboy’s 1953 coronation silhouette picture

By dan shaw  |  Posted: November 16, 2013

The letter and the medal Gary received in 1953

The letter and the medal Gary received in 1953

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THIS year’s 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation has seen readers rediscover a plethora of commemorative memorabilia.

The latest to share a souvenir with us is Bill Wood, born and bred in Woodside,Dudley, but now living in Pensnett.

Bill writes, “It was Her Majesty’s coronation and the Daily Mirror ran a competition in their children’s section.

“They printed a 3” x 3” black square and asked for a silhouette of the most memorable sight of the day.

“My brother Gary, aged 8, did the golden coach. Our sister Joyce wrote the envelope and supplied the stamp and I biked up from The Croft to Holly Hall to catch the last post.

“It was only fitting that Gary, a grandson of the Holly Hall/Woodside newspaper family should win a medal in a competition run by the daily newspaper with the highest circulation in the country.”

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