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Oldbury brownie's memory of seeing the Queen

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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REGARDING the Queen's visit to Oldbury and Dudley in 1957 in The Bugle (February 27 edition), I do remember it, very well.

I was a Brownie in St Michael's pack, Langley Green, and we were taken to Oldbury to wait and wave to Her Majesty as she drove by. We were inspected by Brown Owl (a Mrs Gregory I think).We were told to take two clean hankies, one for wiping our noses on and one (to be kept spotless) to wave at Her Majesty as she drove by. The wait seemed interminable; but at last she drove by. We waved and waved and I was convinced that she smiled just at me!

The rest of the day was something of an anti climax I remember. I was aware from half heard adult conversations that a great deal of preparation had gone into making the area into a presentable state for a Royal visit but I am afraid that I cannot remember the details. As my Grandad would say: "A lot of wairter has gone under the bridge since then."

Pauline F. Beighton,

2 Leafield Road,

Cowley, Oxford.

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