A celebration of coronations

Nostalgia picture 13-06-12-Jubilee beacon caistor
Nostalgia picture 13-06-12-Jubilee beacon caistor
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newspaper pages across the land have been full of images this last week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

And one of the ways this auspicious occasion was celebrated was with the lighting of beacons.

But one of our readers is taking us back 75 years to the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, in 1937.

Colin Garfoot of Blyton sent in this picture, right, of the beacon created for that occasion and said: “While Caistor marked the Queen’s jubilee by lighting a beacon up at what was the old Fleece Inn, I do not think it will quite match the scale of the one built to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on May 12, 1937.

“Much community spirit was generated in the construction of that massive beacon to the east of the Fleece Inn and a photograph was taken to record the beacon’s completion.

“My grandfather, William Robert Shearsmith, and his son Robert William lived at the Fleece or Top House as it was widely known, and they helped in the beacon’s construction.

“I can only think it was built with long ladders, sweat and perseverance.”

Mr Garfoot names the people pictured in front of the massive beacon as: back row – Son Suddaby, Walter Wright, Arthur King, Bernard Wright, Bill Bemrose, Jack Suddaby x 2, Mr Borrill, Mr Beveridge, Frank Gray, Henry Wright, Mr Clark, Jack Crowson, Robert W Shearsmith, Lionel Gladding, George Firth, Billy King, Jack Clarke, G White, Sid Wright; front row – William R Shearsmith and his sheepdog, Ted Smith, Ken Wright, Rex Borrill, Ted Bemrose, ? Clarke, Charlie Suddaby, Fred Shacklock and Roy Borrill.