Video and photos: Remembering the Queen's 1958 visit to Highbridge
the nation celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this week, Burnham-On-Sea.com
looks back at the Queen's visit to Burnham and Highbridge on December
Majesty arrived by train at Highbridge Railway Station, pictured
right, and then travelled by car to the radio signals station
where she was given a tour of the facilities, met staff, and signed
the visitors' book, as pictured below.
the local residents who clearly remembers the visit is Pat Pusill,
whose mother was Chairman of Highbridge Burnham Urban District
Council at the time. She had the important job of greeting the
Queen on her arrival in the towns.
was weeks of preparation for a visit that lasted just an hour.
We arrived at the station early to see the Queen arrive and large
crowds were there to see her," Pat told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
had a great view of the Queen near the front because my mother
welcomed the Queen when she got off the train. A young girl presented
the Queen with a bouquet of flowers as she got into her official
car. She's the one in the photo, and I'd love to know who she
Queen's arrival went very smoothly, except for when the Lord Lieutenant
nearly fell out of his car after his ceremonial sword got stuck
in the door!"
Royal car then travelled from the station through Highbridge and
along Burnham Road to Worston Road, past Holts Brewery, on its
way to the radio station."
can clearly remember the large crowds of residents waving flags
all along the route with bunting lining the roads."
the radio station, she was greeted by the Postmaster General,
Ernest Marples, and introduced to members of the Radio Station
and the local MP Sir Gerald Wills. There followed a tour of the
Radio Station to demonstrate how messages were received and transmitted
to shipping in all parts of the world.
Queen then travelled by car back to Highbridge Railway Station
for a journey to Bristol.
who was 18 at the time, added: "It was a great day for Burnham
and Highbridge - a really memorable occasion."
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