Looking Back: May 31 edition

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n WITH everyone looking forward to the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations this weekend, Tony Wright (who recently gave us the picture of Newbold School rugby team in 1958-59) thought it was a good time to share his picture of Rugby’s Clock Tower looking quite spectacular when it was decorated for the coronation in 1953.

The huge crown at the top lit up at night and there were also lights shining up around the base of the clock tower, so it must have been a fantastic centre piece for the celebrations.

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n Our second picture belongs to Olive Phillips (nee Johnson) and was taken at the coronation celebrations for King George VI in May 1937.

Olive, now 84, says the children all lived in Maple Grove were on a float for a procession. She remembers her mother made all the dresses, as she was a tailoress.

As well as Maple Grove residents, readers may also recall Olive from her time working in the BTH stationery office.

She went to live and work in Leicestershire many years ago but still has family in Rugby.

The tallest girl on the left of the back row was Joyce Perkins, with Olive Johnson in the centre and Betty Wrighton on the right.

On the front row, the little girl kneeling was Eleanor Colbourne and next to her, dressed as Britannia was her sister Rosie with Mary Wrighton (Betty’s sister) on the right.

Olive thinks the two boys on the ends of the picture were Gibson brothers, and the smallest boy in front was Joyce’s brother Eric Perkins, nicknamed ‘Dinky’.

If anyone recognises themselves, please get in touch.