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My uncle made me miss the Queen's Dudley visit

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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WITH reference to the Queen's visit to Dudley in 1957 in The Bugle (March 20 edition).

I too remember the Queen coming. I was ten years old and wanted to see her along with everyone else. One of my aunties lived in Aston Road, Queens Cross, and at this time there was a huge island between Aston Road and Wellington Road before they replaced it with traffic lights.

I remember there were barriers placed all around the island except where the Queen was going to be driven. My uncle took me to stay with everyone else and it seemed for ever and a day.

But just as someone shouted: "Here she comes" my uncle by this time had taken out his little snuff box to have a pinch of snuff.

This was a brown powder that men used to sniff up their noses. We thought nothing strange about that and we didn't know why they did it.

Anyway there came a sudden gust of wind, the snuff came my way and went into my eyes and it didn't half smart.

Needless to say I missed the Queen and I remember I wasn't too happy about that, but thinking of it later it seemed a funny story.

Fast forward to 1977 or 1978 when the Queen came again to Dudley I had a good view of the Royal Party walking across Coronation Gardens. This time I took my own children and didn't want to miss the opportunity again.

Carol Hazell,

23 Chaucer Ave, The Straits,

Lower Gornal, near Dudley.

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