Thursday, November 30, 2023

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth

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Howick Historian Alan La Roche remembers having fun planting the trees on Stockade Hill. Photo Nick Krause

At the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, 26 Howick clubs and societies as a community activity planted a row of Canadian oak trees on the southern pathway up to the War Memorial from Ridge Road. Following the planting, we attended a civic ceremony to recognise our new Queen. This was followed by a free film show in the Monterey Theatre for the children. A rugby match was held on the Howick Domain, with a community fancy dress ball in the Howick Town Hall in the evening. Most shops in Howick had displays recognising the newly-crowned Queen.

As a schoolboy, I remember the celebrations and fun planting of the trees on Stockade Hill provided by the Howick Borough Council.

Alan La Roche
Howick Historian

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