CORONATION STREET PARTIES - SOUTH OXHEY - PART 1
They Lined Up The Kitchen Tables In The Streets
Information provided by David Reidy from The West Herts Post June 11 1953
At the Harewood Road party at Warren Dell School the programme began with tea and was followed by a Charlie Chaplin film show. Then there were games, Punch and Judy and a talent show by the children.
Later in the evening Brenda Russell aged 15, gave a dancing display.
When they went home the 36 childen were each given a Coronation cup, saucer and plate and other presents. Altogether £48 was spent on the party. Organisers were Mrs E Bird, Miss L Peck, and Mrs E White. They had been planning since August.
The parents had decorated the school themselves and when the children arrived each was given a paper hat.
The Oakdale Road party was held at the Community Centre. Organisers Mrs I B Hensby, Chairman and Mr W Whitmarsh, Secretary of the street committee catered for 66 children from 40 families. To do this in style they collected and spent £50.
The afternoon began with a fancy dress parade and afterwards there were games led by Mr Fred Collins. After tea they were entertained by a ventriloquist and conjurer and later had a sing song. Then they were entertained by three young lads from the Estate – Ken Sexton and his pals.
To end the party each child was presented with a variety of souvenirs, tit bits and a Coronation beaker.
After the children’s party the parents stayed on for a social evening.
The first part of the Fleetwood Way party was held in the playground at Clarendon School. There were races and clowning for the children – mostly tots, but some as old as 13 and 14.
Meanwhile, the kitchen tables were being brought out into the street and the mothers busily prepared the tea. Organisers Mrs Wells and Mr W Maley said there would be community singing followed by a demonstration of dancing by the children. After tea there was a fancy dress parade and still more community singing.
These children took home their Coronation souvenirs – a mug full of sweets and a mixed bag of presents.
Mr Maley was arranging for a party to visit the Regal Cinema to see the film ” Elizabeth is Queen” this week.
The children from the first part of Muirfield Road had their party in the hall at Clarendon School. The parents had arranged the decoration and they made a very colourful setting with the festoons forming a canopy over the children down in the hall.
The party began with “God Save the Queen” and three cheers for Queen Elizabeth. After entertainment the children went upstairs for tea. There were 110 of them and each found a Coronation cup, saucer and plate on the table and a box under the chair to carry them home in.
The Chairman of the committee which organised the party was Mr F G Nicholls. He was assisted by Mr Ted Smithson, chief buyer, Mr and Mrs S Peddle, Mrs L Yabsley who arranged the entertainment. Mrs E M Vidler, in charge of catering and Mrs J Nichols and Mr D Sullivan.