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Quorndon Coronation Celebrations Minute Book 1936/7

In January 1936, King George V died and his eldest son Edward VIII succeeded him as King of the United Kingdom. He was unmarried at that time, but the American socialite Wallis Simpson had accompanied him on social occasions. The Coronation was set to be held in Westminster Abbey on 12th May 1937 however, the King's desire to marry an allegedly unsuitable woman was the reason for a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication from the throne on 11th December 1936.

Plans for the coronation went ahead for 12th May 1937, albeit for a different monarch, ie George VI as King and his wife Elizabeth as Queen.

This Quorn Coronation Celebrations Minute Book was located in the parish council archives. It covers the period from July 1936 to November 1937 and commences with preparations for Edward VIII coronation. It provides an interesting insight into village life at the time and the commitment of residents to ensure everyone would have a memorable time. The minutes cover the Public Meeting, the General, Finance, Entertainment, Sports, Refreshments and Procession Committees. We are taken to Whist Drives, Dances, Teas, Sports, Church and enjoy the Procession and Fireworks. Some monies were allocated for six memorial benches and improvements to Stafford Orchard.

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 Submitted on: 2021-01-08
 Submitted by: Dennis Marchant with thanks to Quorn Parish Council archive
 Artefact ID: 2431

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