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Putting on a show

Jubilee at Burnham-on-Sea

Suburban houses like this were dressed for the Jubilee The dates show 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign Families dressed up for a photograph But one person, still inside the house, seems to be shy...

These two houses in Burnham-on-Sea are decorated to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1897 she became the longest reigning monarch in British history (that record has now been broken by HM Queen Elizabeth II).

Streets and houses were decked with bunting, flags, triumphal arches and people dressed in their finest.  Gifts were handed out – tea for women, tobacco for men and commemorative mugs for the children.

Do you have memories of Jubilees or coronation celebrations happening in your city, town or village? You can share your stories with Know Your Place by following this link.


Images: Copyright South West Heritage Trust - A.CFH.4.1 (352), A.CFH.4.1 (368)

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