Town looking to better Coronation celebrations of ‘53

Can Brigg match the celebrations in the town to mark the Queen’s coronation 60 years ago on June 2nd 1953?

Older residents will be able to cast their minds back 60 years to the coronation of 1953 and some will recall the special arch built over the County Bridge.

There won’t be a repeat 60 years on, but some great celebrations are in prospect.

This Saturday, June 1, Brigg Town Business Partnership is holding a number of events in the town centre to mark the anniversary.

Local shopkeepers have been invited to dress their windows with a Coronation theme and the Partnership, in association with Brigg Town Council, has already put up bunting to mark the occasion.

Brigg is expected to be bustling with people visiting the craft market, watching the street dancing and the two pumps in the town centre being blessed.

“20 Brownies will be acting as flower maidens in the processions to the pumps carrying baskets with red and white flowers,” said Jane Kitching on behalf of the organisers.

“They will be blessed by the Rev Alec Depledge and the Rev Enid Knowles and at these blessings special mention will be made of HM the Queen’s Coronation.

“The Pumps will be dressed with flowers kindly sponsored by Brigg Rotary.”

The timetable for the day is:

9am Craft Market opens - this will be open throughout the day

10am Dancing commences in the Market Place and surrounding side streets

11.15am Dancers and members of the public make their way to the first pump;

11.30am Blessing of the first Pump and celebration of H M the Queen’s Coronation, followed by more dancing

12.30pm The second procession starts at the Market Place and makes its way up Wrawby Street to the second pump on Grammar School Road South.

1pm Blessing of the second pump and continuation of the celebration of H M the Queen’s Coronation

Music and dancing will then continue into the early afternoon in both the Market Place and the town.

The entertainment will be provided by the Grimsby Morris Men; Scunthorpe Morris Dancing Team, Tatterfoals; Appalachian dancers, the Bootleggers, and old type string band, The Lootbeggers.

“We urge people to make the day a big success,” said Chairman of Brigg Business Partnership Byrom Teague.

“It should be a great day for all the family, all we need now is for the sun to shine.”