Emsworth brightens up

C111890-5 Chi Ems Xmas  Photo Louise Adams''Children sing Christmas carols in Emsworth.
C111890-5 Chi Ems Xmas Photo Louise Adams''Children sing Christmas carols in Emsworth.
rw images from Simon Hart

From: Simon Hart <southsea2006@yahoo.co.uk>

Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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EMSWORTH got into the festive spirit with a well-attended lights switch-on last night.

It was the first time the event had taken place on a Friday night, and it seemed to work as a large crowd packed into St Peter’s Square where Father Christmas pulled up on his sleigh. The Christmas cheer spread to North Street where shops stayed open beyond normal hours to visitors.

Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘A Friday night is obviously more successful from the point of view of getting people here.

‘It is a really enjoyable community event. We have been unlucky with the weather the last couple of years, which obviously put the dampener on things. But this year is great.’