Jubilee call for stories

Queen Elizabeth II coronation visit 1953 - Queen and Duke of Edinburgh being received by Earl of Stair, Captain-General of the Royal Company of Archers, and Viscount Dalrymple, Adjutant-Brigadier, when they arrived at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, to attend the Archers' Ball.''royal visit'dancing'dance
Queen Elizabeth II coronation visit 1953 - Queen and Duke of Edinburgh being received by Earl of Stair, Captain-General of the Royal Company of Archers, and Viscount Dalrymple, Adjutant-Brigadier, when they arrived at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, to attend the Archers' Ball.''royal visit'dancing'dance
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HER Majesty the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee Year this year with special events taking place all over the country to mark the landmark event.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are planning visits across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2012 to mark the Jubilee year, there will be special Jubilee pyres and a public holiday has been organised and your local newspaper is also getting involved.

To mark the occasion the Journal and Gazette is running a special feature on memories from 1952, the first year of the Queen’s reign.

What we would like to know from readers is what they were doing at the time that King George VIII died in February 1952, days before his daughter Princess Elizabeth became Queen.

The young Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on February 8, and the coronation witnessed all over the world followed a year later on June 2, 1953.

Do you remember the headlines on the newspapers from this historical time in 1952, did you watch the state funeral of the King on television with others in the town, and how did it feel to have the monarch change so suddenly? What were you doing when you heard the news of the King’s death?

To capture the feeling of the time we would like you to submit pictures or jot down memories of what you were doing on the coupon below, and you could be included in our round up of local events from the time. Please include your contact details and continue on a separate piece of paper if necessary.