Old Photos of Witham

Coronation procession with fire engine (3)

Taken: 22 June 1911, Source: Littlewood, Sue, Ref: M1885

Procession in Newland Street for the Coronation of George V. The centre piece is the new steam fire engine, pulled by two horses. It was purchased as a ‘permanent memento of the Coronation’ with £300 of the £410 collected for the occasion. The procession consisted of the ‘Town Band, Fire Brigade with the new engine, school children, boy Scouts, representatives of Friendly Societies, etc.’ and went to the Maldon Road Recreation Ground (the Park). In this third picture the procession moves down the street, a bit further than in the second one, with the fire engine followed by the Friendly Societies with their banners, blowing in the wind. The one which can be seen upside down top left reads ‘I was sick and ye visited me’, probably belonging to the Oddfellows. Behind, left to right, are the Spread Eagle, 51 Newland Street (shop window with Lyons Tea sign, and another to the left which seems to say ‘Essex Laundry Maldon’), 53 Newland Street, 55 Newland Street, part of 57 Newland Street (with porch). There is a newspaper report in the Essex Weekly News for 23 June 1911, and a discussion about the Coronation fire engine in the Essex County Chronicle for 30 June 1911.

Date taken22 June 1911
SourceLittlewood, Sue
Posted on Full size 3370 × 2125

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