Chocolate for the Queen – recalling a royal visit

Did you offer the Queen a chocolate bar during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square?
Did you offer the Queen a chocolate bar during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square?
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The recent photograph of a highly amused Queen, in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout, prompted Marilyn Kennedy to send another taken at the same time.

The original picture showed the Queen with the lord mayor George Austin. That one was sent to us by his daughter Janet Bailey.

Did you offer the Queen a chocolate bar during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square?

Did you offer the Queen a chocolate bar during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Guildhall Square?

Marilyn is Janet’s sister and, not wanting to be outdone, dug out one of her favourite mementoes of that day.

Marilyn, of Catisfield Road, Milton, Portsmouth, said: ‘Although my father is off to the side, the picture shows a little boy who I believe was called Shaun Toms.

‘He had given the Queen a bar of chocolate which she joyfully accepted. Apparently she turned to my father and said, ‘That doesn’t say much for what the people think of the lord mayor’s lunch’. The boy was clearly delighted and I wonder where he is now?’

She added: ‘Some years later I believe he introduced himself to my father in a pub.

‘My parents often said later that one of their main memories was living for several weeks on red white and blue cake. I wonder how much Shaun remembers?’