Rugby man reminisces about playing in procession for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953

Dave Wilson, who was part of the Queen's coronation procession in 1953.
Dave Wilson, who was part of the Queen's coronation procession in 1953.
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THE Jubilee brought memories of the Coronation flooding back for one Rugbeian - not because he watched the grainy footage live on a television screen, but because he played in the procession.

Trumpet player David Wilson, 78, was in the RAF in his youth and auditioned in January 1953 to play a part of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. He was successful and in June marched through the streets of London before playing to dignitaries, soldiers and heads of state on the Coronation parade.

Mr Wilson, who was in St Mark’s church’s choir in his school days, said: “I signed for the RAF the day the King died. The Coronation the next year was a heck of a long day for me. It was also chucking it down with rain, much like the Jubilee this year.”