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Old Hill celebrates the Queen’s coronation

By rob taylor  |  Posted: December 26, 2012

Old Hill schoolkids celebrate the coronation.

Old Hill schoolkids celebrate the coronation.

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HERE, thanks to Pensnett reader Gladys Curlett, we have a couple of images of her native Old Hill, dating back to 1953.

Gladys Jones, as she once was, had been a pupil at Old Hill Infants School, and the group photograph was taken there around the time of the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth, hence the flags and bunting. Gladys, though, is not in the picture; she had left school and was working at Moyle and Adams by this time.

She can point out two of the children for us however: her niece Kathleen Smith is the small girl third from the right hand end, and her neighbour Maureen Hunter is the one with curly hair behind Kathleen. The building behind the wall is the Grand Theatre.

Street The second picture shows Spring Meadow, the street Gladys lived in, when it too was decked out for the celebrations.

Gladys points out that each house had a flower tub outside it for the special occasion.

Sadly, those houses are now all gone.

"At the bottom of the street there was a butcher's shop with its own slaughterhouse," Gladys recalls.

Cattle "Us kids would run down to see the cattle coming down the ramp off the lorry, and one time I went with my late sister Mavis, to watch.

The cows were still in the van and I could see them through the slats. And then one of them did a cow pat, straight through the gaps, right in my face.

I couldn't see a thing and Mavis had to lead me home. I got into some trouble for that.”

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