the grocers in Queen Square, Wolverhampton, pictured in 1937.
spread like wildfire across the West Midlands as coronation fever
gripped the region in May with flags and bunting festooning the
streets and people wearing red, white and blue hats as well as rosettes.
Many women pinned
Union Jacks to the fronts of their skirts and dresses to celebrate
the crowning of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - now the Queen
But in contrast
to other towns, Wolverhampton took the event more soberly, presenting
a particularly quiet appearance - in the morning at least.
But royal watchers
put the mood down to the townsfolk staying indoors to hear the Coronation
broadcast on the radio. But Wolverhampton streets echoed to the
sound of Boy Scouts offering Coronation programmes for sale and
people were seen wearing the colours of the national flag.
A small band
of children, attired in patriotic colours, paraded round the town
headed by a boy beating a toy drum and other children blowing trumpets
A relay of the
BBC broadcast, in the market place, drew an early crowd but it was
never more than 300 strong.
And in Walsall
it was suggested that Coronation decorations catching fire started
a blaze which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the
factory of a glove manufacturers in Holts Hill Lane.
with the blaze for three hours as it gutted the top storey of the
factory and brought the roof down.
eagerly devoured evey detail of the crowning ceremony at Westminster
boasted all the pomp and splendour of time-honoured tradition.
to the occasion from all parts of the Empire as they admired the
coach, drawn by eight grey horses with four postillions and six
darling takes the title: Dudley's
darling of the tennis courts, Dorothy Round, scored a second Wimbledon
triumph when in July she beat Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, the Polish champion
6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the women's singles.
years earlier she had used her tennis skills to beat Helen Jacobs
for the women's singles title. The triumphant player received an
ovation from the crowd after she walked off court after a match
which lasted about an hour.
The new champion
said later: "It is glorious to have won the Wimbledon title once
more. The pace was very hot at times , and when it became too hot,
I simply had to let the ball go.
"I went into
court with a tactical plan - but in the heat of the moment I am
afraid I forgot all about it," the Dudley tennis ace added."
The fine weather
brought huge crowds to Wimbledon and an overnight queue had formed
as soon as the previous day's play had ended.
Workers at Bean's
of Tipton, who helped build the 1937 world land speed record breaking
car Thunderbolt, driven by Captain George Eyston.
at Bean's of Tipton, who helped build the 1937 world land speed
record breaking car Thunderbolt, driven by Captain George Eyston.
the great stocking debate: A
Wolverhampton Express & Star reporter sparked off a fashion debate
at a Brighton drapers conference in June by asking how many pairs
of stockings a woman was thought to buy in a year.
She was told
between 25 to 30 pairs.
several delegates said this was too modest an estimate and put the
figure at 40 to 50 for the really fashion conscious woman.