Girls enjoyed Queen’s coronation

The girls celebrating the Queen's coronation in Southsea
The girls celebrating the Queen's coronation in Southsea
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Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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These six girls were celebrating the Queen’s coronation in 1953 in the vicarage garden of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road, Southsea.

Anne Stockham (nee Seward), of Haslemere Road, Southsea, sent me the picture and she is second from the left. Her sister Wendy is on the right hand end.

The sisters lived in Seward’s Newsagents at 193 Fawcett Road. On the left is Elizabeth Evans who lived in the shop next door – Evans the jewellers.

Anne believes the girl third from the left is Susan Berry, then Maureen Elms, who lived in The Bacon Shop at 187/189 Fawcett Road, and Ann Evans (Elizabeth’s sister).