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Stourbridge band heads coronation day parade

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

By Dan Shaw

The parade in High Street, Stourbridge, for the coronation of George V, June 22, 1911

The parade in High Street, Stourbridge, for the coronation of George V, June 22, 1911

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FLAGS and bunting fly from buildings and crowds line the pavements as a grand parade makes it way down the street. This photograph is exactly 103 years old and was taken on June 22, 1911.

The great occasion was the coronation of King George V and the picture shows the celebrations that were held in Stourbridge.

The picture has been loaned by John Taylor of Kiddermister, who originally comes from Stourbridge and is an avid collector of all memorabilia connected to his birthplace.

The picture was taken at the northern end of the High Street, with the old bank building that stands on the corner of High Street and Coventy Street on the left. We wonder how the photographer got his high vantage point; perhaps he was on the upper storey or even the roof of the Market Hall.

A uniformed band leads the parade but can anyone tell us which one? They are closely followed by a group of men in plain clothes, most wearing flat caps.

After a short gap, they are followed by the Stourbridge fire brigade and their horse-drawn fire engines.

The Stourbridge Volunteer Fire Brigade was founded in 1879 and in 1888 a fire station was built in New Street. Because they had two Merryweather steam-powered, horse-drawn fire engines they covered a large area, attending fires at Kinver, Wombourne, Alveley and even as far as the outskirts of Bridgnorth.

George V ascended the throne on the death of his father, Edward VII, in May 6, 1910. His coronation was attended by great celebrations, the Crystal Palace in London staged a Festival of Empire and over 50,000 troops from across the British Empire took part in the coronation procession.

The festivities were matched, on a smaller scale, in every town. Many readers will have items of memorabilia from the day, be it commemorative medals, mugs or books, many of which were issued by local authorities, schools and churches.

Have you any mementos of this great day? Contact editor@black countrybugle or write to 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL

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