Queens Visit to Rishton

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Letter from Queen
Image 1 - Letter received from Buckingham to Parsons Printers after a colour copy of the Echo was sent.
Image 2 - The Queens visit to Mullards at Whitebirk saw this barge of people leaving Rishton to watch in 1950.

The following telegram was sent by the Rishton Urban District Council on the 20th May 1937 to their Royal Majesties the King and Queen on Coronation Day;

"On behalf of the inhabitants of Rishton, Lancashire, I humbly beg to submit, on this memorable day, our most respectful congratulations, to assure you of our loyalty, and to express the hope that for many years to come we shall be privileged to serve you"

In reply;

"The King and Queen desire me to express to all who joined in your message their best thanks for your kind congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of their Majesties Coronation"

Alexander Hardinge.

On the 16th October 1947, The Chairman of Rishton Council reported that he had received a communication from the County Council, jointly with Associations of other authorities and Lord Derby, asking him to make known to the public that a Lancashire Fund has been opened for the purpose of making a gift to H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her wedding in November. The Chairman appealed for donations to be forwarded to him for which receipts would be issued.

On the 20th November 1947, the Wedding of the Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh took place. The Council Chairman extended to the Royal couple loyal greetings and best wishes on the occasion of their marriage which had taken place on this day.

On the 14th February 1952, The Council Chairman referred to the untimely death of his Majesty King George VI, which took place on Wednesday, 6th February, 1952. He spoke of the very high esteem in which his Majesty was held by his subjects and of their sympathy with the Queen. Expression was also given of loyalty to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Chairman also said that a telegram of sympathy had been sent to the Queen immediately upon receipt of the news of the death of the King, and which had been acknowledged. Members of the Council also paid tribute to his late Majesty. The Chairman thereupon asked all present to stand in silence as a mark of esteem. It was resolved That the following humble and loyal addresses be forwarded to her Majesty the Queen and to her Majesty the Queen Mother: â€" To her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. May it please your Majesty:

We, the members of the Rishton Urban District Council, in the County of Lancashire, humbly desire to express to your majesty our deep sense of the loss you have sustained by the death of your father, our beloved King George VI.

We humbly tender our assurance of loyalty to your Majesty's throne and person, and pray that by God's will you will long be spared to reign over a devoted people in the high tradition set by your father, and also that your reign may be for ever blessed with peace and concord amongst nations.

To her Majesty the Queen Mother.

May it please your Majesty:

We, the members of the Rishton Urban District Council in the County of Lancashire, desire to express our deep and sincere regret at the death of his Most Gracious Majesty King George VI, and humbly tender to your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family our profound sympathy in your great bereavement, which we share as loyal citizens. Knowing how the late King had so endeared himself to the hearts of his people by his undaunted courage, splendid example and devotion to duty during a reign fraught with danger and difficulties, and at times his own ill-health, we feel constrained to express our deep sense of the loss which the nation and the Commonwealth have sustained. We earnestly pray that your Majesty, and the members of the Royal Family, may be granted consolation in your great loss.

A letter was submitted from the Private Secretary to H. M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on the 13th March 1952, thanking the Council for their expressions of sympathy. On the 27th March 1952, The Clerk also submitted a letter from the Home Secretary expressing the thanks of Her Majesty The Queen for the expressions of sympathy and loyalty made by the Council.

Queens Coronation, The date for this having been fixed for 2nd June, 1953, the question of the form the local celebrations should take was discussed in brief. It was thereupon Resolved on the 12th June 1952, that a Public Meeting be called, on a date to be fixed by the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk, in order to obtain a consensus of opinion. It was decided to call a Public Meeting for Monday, 30th June, at 8 p. m. in the Harwood Road School, to consider, primarily, details of the local celebrations, and public notice was given by means of leaflets to each householder and an invitation was extended to the Chairman and Secretaries of the respective Festival of Britain Committees. Reports of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees were to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 17th July, 1952.

On the 10th July 1952, A suggestion from the Head Gardener for a Special Display during the spring of 1953 on the occasion of the Coronation was adopted and authority was given for the purchase of bulbs up to £30 in value.

On the 12th February 1953, An application was submitted from several tenants on Danvers Street, asking for permission to use the quadrangle on Monday, the 1st June, for the holding of a children's party in aid of celebrating Coronation day. Permission was granted.

In May 1968, Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth the II paid a royal visit to Rishton. All the streets were decked with bunting, and the entire town was granted a day off school (I am not sure if the workers in the town were allowed time off, my Dad was working in Burnley at the time and he had to work).

Crowds line High Street waiting for the arrival of the Queen.
Image 1 - The streets are lined in preparation of the Queens Visit.
Image 2 - The Queen signs the guest book at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel.

The reason for the Queens visit was Operation Spring-clean. The Rishton Echo printed a special edition, which was sent to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and the Rishton Urban District Council urged all residents to put the full colour Echo in their windows, and give the Queen "A loyal and enthusiastic greeting by lining the route".

The Queen was to pass through Rishton at approximately 3:45 pm, and the route took Blackburn Road, High Street, and Hermitage Street.

The Queen was on her way to the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton Le Moors from Blackburn, arriving at the Dunkenhalgh at 3:55 pm. Presentations were made and the Queen signed the visitors book before departing at 4:05 pm for Burnley, by Burnley Road Clayton Le Moors and Padiham.

Children line the streets ready for the Queen
Image 1 - The Queen passing through Rishton
Image 2 - The Roebuck in celebration.

I also have the Queen on video that I will post here soon.

The Queen and Prince Philip had already visited the area during 1950. This time it was a visit to the then Mullards at Blackburn. People from all around made their way there by various methods, as most people didn’t have their own transport.

The picture here shows a group of people about to depart from the canal side in Rishton on their way to Blackburn.


Rishton Echo 1968