Memories of the death of a king

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AT a later date than usual, the President Mrs June Hudspith welcomed members to the June meeting of Morpeth Inneer Wheel Club, congratulating them on their outfits of red, white and blue in varying combinations.

After the meal, the annual general meeting was held. Officers reported on the previous year’s activities and officers for the next year were confirmed.

The business concluded, the members – as they had been asked – gave their Jubilee reminiscences and what they could remember of their whereabouts at the time of the king’s death.

Mrs Iona Gott, a Wren (Women’s Royal Naval Service) at the time, recalled travelling to London in full uniform by way of lifts to go to Westminster Hall, where the king lay in state.

Many memories of Coronation Day were similar, that of seeing television for the first time by crowding into a relative’s or neighbour’s house where a TV had been purchased in honour of the occasion. We had all thought the tiny black and white screen quite miraculous.

Exchanging memories provoked much laughter and merriment, so it was in a very happy mood that President June wished Mrs Vivien Scott and her committee a successful year, beginning at the handover dinner in July which this year will be held at the Ridley Arms, Stannington.