1950s

Street Party June 1953 in Dudley Road

By Peter Whitcomb

Photo:The Whitcomb family

The Whitcomb family

From the private collection of Les Whitcomb

I have just come across this old photograph celebrating the Coronation street party in Dudley Road. Many years have passed, yet I was surprised how few faces I could put names to. My parents are still alive and living in Dudley Road, and they too could not remember many names.

Leading the procession at the north end of Dudley Road on 17 June 1953 is Mr Moon. The two lads on bikes - left is Robert Virgo (later played for the Albion) and on the tricycle is Peter Eastwood (of Eastwoods Nurseries) - both of whom lived in Stanmer Park Road nearby. By the hedge I think are Mrs Jeater and old Mr Porter. My Red Indian headdress is just showing behind Peter Eastwood.

We all entered for a fancy dress competition and I believe I won a prize. I'd love to hear if anyone can confirm any names here. Click on the photo below to open a larger version.

Photo:Dudley Road Coronation Party June 1953

Dudley Road Coronation Party June 1953

From the private collection of Les Whitcomb

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