Feb 24 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
WEE County residents are being asked to dig out photos and memorabilia of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 for an exhibition being held this summer to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It is hoped that the touring exhibition will also include photographs of the Queen's visits to Clackmannanshire in 1963 and 1997, reminiscences of Her Majesty's Coronation and local visits, as well as a look at the changes in the county and how people have lived during the past 60 years.
Provost Tina Murphy said: “A photographic exhibition showing how Clackmannanshire celebrated that historic occasion in 1953 will be a wonderful tribute for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“We have a quite a lot of items in our own museum collection, but we now need local people to help our museum service put together this exhibition by lending us any photographs and memorabilia they may have.”
Clackmannanshire will also play a significant role in the lighting of thousands of beacons across the UK, with at least four beacons along the Ochils. These may be supplemented by flares at locations such as Clackmannan Tower and Alloa Tower.
Meanwhile, many communities in Clackmannanshire are organising their own celebrations. Plans include a celebration featuring Dollar Academy Pipe Band at Arndean Farm prior to the lighting of the beacon on Law Hill; a torchlit procession in Menstrie prior to the lighting of the beacon on Dumyat; a Diamond Jubilee Ball in Alva; and a Jubilee street party and barbecue in Muckhart.
Tullibody, Cambus and Glenochil Community Council is also considering holding an event.
Groups including community councils, the Scouts, Guides and schools, are all involved.
The events are being co-ordinated by Lord-Lieutenant Rt Hon George Reid and his Deputes.
He said: “Sweet and sugar rationing ended in 1953 and a lot of Tullibody women baked Coronation cakes. Does anyone have any old photos or other mementoes of local celebrations in the county?
“The exhibition should remind us of just how much country – and the community of Clackmannanshire – have changed in the last 60 years.”
If you have any photographs of the county from the 1950s, memorabilia from the Coronation or the Royal visits in 1963 and 1997, or if you would like to be interviewed about your memories of 1952/3, please contact Susan Mills, Museum and Heritage Officer, on 01259 216913 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.