Queen’s visit

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

royal party came to Stour­bridge late in the af­ter­noon, around 4 o’clock. Com­ing from Bri­er­ley Hill, they en­tered the town by the his­toric bridge and were driven along the High Street and onto Worces­ter Street, head­ing for the park.

They were met at the town coun­cil’s head­quar­ters at Stud­ley Court by the Mayor of Stour­bridge, Al­der­man Howard Walker, and Philip Drury, the town clerk.

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of gifts the Queen signed the vis­i­tor book and then she and the Duke were taken on a tour of the park in a spe­cial open top Land Rover.

The crowds filled the park, many hav­ing waited sev­eral hours to catch sight of the young queen. It was a warm day and sev­eral fainted and had to be treated by St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers.

Scouts and Girl Guides, along with cadets and ex-ser­vice­men lined the route. A spe­cial group of around 700 pen­sion­ers from clubs in the area were po­si­tioned near the band­stand and there were hun­dreds of chil­dren from the lo­cal schools.

To com­mem­o­rate the visit, the park’s main boule­vard was re­named Queen’s Drive and a spe­cial flower trough with a plaque was placed near the en­trance. ■ Were you in Mary Stevens Park for the Queen’s visit in 1957? Please share your mem­o­ries with read­ers – con­tact the Black Coun­try Bu­gle, Dud­ley Ar­chives and Lo­cal His­tory Cen­tre, Tip­ton Road, Dud­ley, DY1 4SQ.

among the ex­pec­tant crowds win Mary Stevens Park?

stand in the park for visit of the Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh

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