Jubilee celebrations were cause for great excitement

The Portsmouth Dockyard gates, decorated in May 1935
The Portsmouth Dockyard gates, decorated in May 1935
Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

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As we get ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, this picture shows the Portsmouth Dockyard gates decorated for the silver jubilee of George V and Queen Mary in May, 1935.

A huge congregation attended a thanksgiving service in the Guildhall Square and in the evening a beacon was lit on Portsdown Hill, one of a chain of such fires that ran right around Britain’s coastline.