Po­lice plan for

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

A FAS­CI­NAT­ING doc­u­ment has been loaned to the Bu­gle by John Tay­lor of Kid­der­min­ster, who col­lects all kinds of his­toric items re­lat­ing to his birth­place Stour­bridge.

His lat­est ac­qui­si­tion is a large map of Mary Stevens Park in Stour­bridge that was used by the po­lice in plan­ning for the visit of the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh on April 23, 1957.

The map shows the lay­out of the park with where the dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the crowd were to be, along with spe­cial en­trances that were set up for the day.

The map also shows the sur­round­ing roads and re­veals that many of the houses around the park were named – how many of those names are still in use to­day?

On the back of the map is a pen­cilled note giv­ing its prove­nance:

“Po­lice plan of Mary Stevens Park, Stour­bridge, for the visit of H.M. the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, 23 April, 1957. Miss Joan Makin, spe­cial con­sta­ble was on duty and her hus­bandto-be Harry Jack Haden, chief re­porter of the County Ex­press, was present in the Coun­cil House and switched on the lights in the glass col­lec­tion show case for the royal vis­i­tors and ex­panded on the pre­sen­ta­tion to them of glass made at Stour­bridge Col­lege of Art.”

The Queen’s visit to Stour­bridge was part of a busy itin­er­ary that saw her visit towns across the Black Coun­try. The

Po­lice map of Mary Stevens Park, Stour­bridge show­ing the dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the crowds for the visit of the Queen April 23, 1957

The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh tour Mary Stevens Park

Do you recog­nise a face

Chil­dren gath­ered around the band

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