Parklands residents share Coronation memories

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PEOPLE in Parklands were taken back to the 1950s when Chichester Baptist Church held a Coronation Stories event.

Organised by twin sisters Hope Rudge and Grace Ruoft who have lived in Chichester for 30 years, the day involved people from the community bringing their memorabilia of the Queen’s Coronation along to the church hall to share with others.

Around 60 people took part bringing items such as newspapers, magazines and mugs. A town crier announced the news and there was also a DVD playing of the actual coronation.

“Everyone seemed to be very pleased with it,” said Hope. “The feedback was that everyone enjoyed it. There was a lovely model of the coronation coach - that was beautiful - and a tapestry that one of the ladies had done when she was 14 which was beautifully done.”

The afternoon was part of the church’s A Passion For Life events programme running throughout March aimed at reaching out to people from across the community. The diverse programme included a Burmese jewellery evening, a visit to a farm to see new-born lambs, a Jive evening, and birdwatching in Pagham Harbour.

On Saturday there is a spring fair on the green, 11am-3.30pm with various stalls and activities for all ages plus giveaways, refreshments and a hog roast. And tomorrow evening (Friday) and Saturday at 7.30pm, there will also be a modern passion play.