Royal visit cap­tured in rare film footage

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

HIS­TORIC footage of the Queen’s visit to Mac­cles­field four years be­fore her coro­na­tion has been re­vealed.

Princess El­iz­a­beth and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh came to the town in 1949 as part of a three-day tour of the Mid­lands.

The amaz­ing footage from AP and Bri­tish Movi­etone shows 14-year-old school­girl Shirley Hank­in­son pre­sent­ing the princess with a bou­quet of pink car­na­tions at Mac­cles­field rail­way sta­tion on be­half of the chil­dren of Mac­cles­field.

Shirley then gets into the Royal car and joins the Royal Pro­ces­sion as it vis­its the town hall, which is dec­o­rated with a huge ban­ner say­ing ‘welcome’.

Huge crowds gath­ered in the streets to catch a glimpse of the fu­ture Queen as the pro­ces­sion drove to the Brock­le­hurst silk fac­tory.

The YouTube film shows a youth­ful wouldbe Queen walk­ing through fac­tory in be­tween the looms and chat­ting glee­fully to work­ers be­fore “ad­mir­ing the lus­trous pat­terns and de­signs”.

The film also shows Ruth Col­lier, the weaver who made a wed­ding dress for the princess’s wed­ding, a gift from the town.

For the full video visit mac­cles­field­ex­press.co.uk

●● Crowds line the streets of Mac­cles­field to welcome Princess El­iz­a­beth and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh to the town in 1947 and 14-year-old Shirley Hank­in­son presents the princess with a bou­quet of pink car­na­tions in the footage

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