There was a television, old film cameras, handmade nails and old cycle lamps too, including one with a black-out cover. In fact many items came from wartime years, but fittingly there was also a Coronation mug and a Commemorative plate, depicting the new royal couple in 1952.
And of course there was an OXO tin! Local residents had been asked to bring along anything that reminded them of the time when Princess Elizabeth visited Whitchurch in 1949, but in practice the era covered was much wider as attics, drawers and even sheds were searched. Recollections came flooding back too as people who saw some of the items on display then rushed home to find something related, having had their memories jogged.
As organiser Graham Burgess said:
“It is wonderful; we are getting the sorts of things people remember from that time.”
The collections were being logged and photographed and will make part of a display in the Centre on 2nd June, the Saturday of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Holiday.
In addition they may be included in a film of the history of Whitchurch which Graham is also producing.
It is also hoped that some of the items may also be displayed in various locations around the town.
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