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27/04/2017
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Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events

Visit of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday 29 June 1950
After visiting Cranbrook, Benenden School, Benenden village and Benenden Sanatorium the Queen visited Tenterden on her way back to London.  On her way the unusual sign at Castleton’s Oak, which shows a man sitting on his coffin, amused the Queen.  Soon the impressive tower of Tenterden Church stood out on the skyline as she passed down Goods Hill.  Before the Queen reached the town she went to Strood House, the Rolvenden home of Sir Harold Campbell, Equerry to the King since 1937, for a brief rest.  Later, as she drove up Tenterden’s broad, tree shaded High Street, with its spacious grass verges; the Queen was able to admire the quiet dignity of the old Wealden market town.  Her car stopped at the 18th-century Town Hall.  The Mayor, Alderman Stanley J Day and the Mayoress, Mrs Day, were presented to the Queen.  Then the Mayor’s 10 years old daughter, Dawn day, presented to Her Majesty, a large basket of Kent cherries, which had been gathered that morning.  After she had accepted the cherries, the Mayor presented members of the Corporation, who were in their robes, to Her Majesty.   Her Majesty admired the fine old Town Hall, which was beautifully garlanded with roses.  Leaving Tenterden with its cheering crowds the Queen passed through St Michaels and Biddenden.  When the Queen had gone Lord and Lady Cornwallis joined the reception in the Town Hall, when, the Mayor, in a brief speech, proposed the Queen’s health and said it had been a great day in the history of Tenterden.
 
Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events
Tenterden Town Hall, June 1950 awaiting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth
Left to Right: Dr McLaren, E R Page, W Johncock, Mrs Adams, A Fuggle (1st Mace), Dawn Day, Rev CSW Marcon, Mrs Day, Stanley J Day (Mayor), Callaghan (2nd Mace), Mrs Goldsmith, Hudson, Charles Bourne

 

Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events
The Mayor and Mayoress of Tenterden with members of the Corporation welcome Queen Elizabeth at the Town Hall. The Mayor's 10 year old daughter Dawn Day presented to Her Majesty a large basket of Kent cherries picked that morning

 

Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events
Lord and Lady Cornwallis bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth after her visit to Tenterden Town Hall, July 1950

 

Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events
Alderman Stanley J Day, Mayor of Tenterden, at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953, Mrs Day behind (to the left)

 

Tenterden Royal Visits and Royal Events
Alderman Stanley J Day, Mayor of Tenterden, arriving at Tenterden Recreation Ground after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, with Sergeants (L) Alec Fuggle (R) William T A Lamkin, followed by J Emberson (Town Clerk), A J Wright, Mrs N Goldsmith, W Johncock, Dr R E McLaren
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