43: The Coronation of Kin George V took place in June 1911. Everyone was in festive mood, not least the people of Loftus. Flags and bunting hung from every house and across the streets from windows and lampposts. Photographs of King George and Queen Mary were placed in the centre of patriotic window displays in all the shops. Neighbours got together to provide street parties for their children, placing trestle tables down the centre of the road and contributing food for all to share. The highlight of the day was a parade, seen here outside ‘Dodds’ shop. Bonfires were lit in the evening and celebrations continued until after dark.
From “Loftus in old picture postcards” by Jean Wiggins. Reproduced by permission.