Sunday, 23 February 2014

Crawley Celebrates the Coronation of King George V

On May 6th 1910 the King, Edward VII died. Amongst other things Edward VII was responsible for the Entente Cordiale which saw Britain move into an alliance with France. This was the final power block in a very complicated jigsaw puzzle of European alliances and was to become one of the major reasons for Great Britain entering the Great War.

The following year King George V was crowned on June 22nd and the coronation was duly celebrated by the people of Crawley with special services at the Crawley and Ifield churches, the planting of an oak tree to mark the occasion and a sports day for all ages. A committee had been put together to raise nearly £100.00 for the celebrations and the main street and branch roads had been gaily decorated, flags and bunting being extensively used. Practically every house displayed some sort of decoration, and in several instances coloured fairy lights were used to much advantage.

At 1:30pm the Crawley Town Band commenced a brief programme of selections in the Square, and half an hour later the crowd which had assembled proceeded to the Green, where the commemoration tree was planted/. By this time, unfortunately, rain began to fall somewhat heavily, and had the effect of keeping many away or driving home many who were present. The tree, a small oak, the gift of J. Cheal & Sons, was planted in front of the Brewery in the course of a short ceremony. The National Anthem brought this part of the proceedings to a close and a procession was formed to the cricket ground where the sports events took place. Amongst the judges was Sergt. Ted Cook. There was also much singing and dancing at The George Hotel in the evening. 

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