Queen tops the bill in Portsmouth on way to inspect her fleet

Sea cadets played the national anthem as the Queen passed
Sea cadets played the national anthem as the Queen passed
Bob Sivewright with quick-thinking newsboy Chris Turner

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Gerry Crane really put out the flags when the Queen came to town in 1977.

She was on her way to review the fleet at Spithead as part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations that year.

The Odeon cinema at North End gave star billing to the Queen

The Odeon cinema at North End gave star billing to the Queen

Her route through Portsmouth had been well-publicised in advance giving thousands the chance to line the streets and join in the party atmosphere that swept the country throughout that year.

It was also a golden, if not silver, opportunity for businesses to snatch a moment in the limelight.

Gerry, of Ashley Close, Waterlooville, was manager of the Odeon, North End, at the time and ‘arranged for the cinema to make a respectful show as she passed through North End’.

He sent me all today’s pictures.

An unashamed piece of product placement by a well-known Portsmouth company above the Odeon's canopy

An unashamed piece of product placement by a well-known Portsmouth company above the Odeon's canopy

He adds: ‘I can’t remember which unit the naval cadets came from, but they certainly excelled when they played the national anthem as the Queen passed by the Odeon.

Do you recognise yourself among the crowds?

Do you recognise yourself among the crowds?

The Queen enjoying the cheers of the crowd

The Queen enjoying the cheers of the crowd