Themed nostalgia pages for Queen’s Jubilee

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Not long now until the whole nation celebrates Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 years on the throne of England and the Commonwealth.

My Remember When colleague Chris Owen is going to be putting together themed nostalgia pages all next week, including Saturday June 2. But I shall return on Wednesday June 6 with a fascinating item about D-Day.

On a personal level, I must say I’m amazed that the Queen whose picture was in the assembly hall when I started school in 1955 and who I swore allegiance to 10 years later when I joined the navy is the same woman still on the throne today.

My late father, born in 1920, saw four monarchs – although Edward VIII was uncrowned of course. George VI died when I was a toddler. Sad to say I have only seen the Queen in person once and that was when leaving the Harbour Station some 30 years ago.

My greatest memory of the Queen is of her handing the World Cup to Bobby Moore after England beat Germany in 1966. Was she smiling or what?