The Day I Met The Queen

Photo:Shelley (bottom left)

Shelley (bottom left)

Mansfield Chad

Photo:Shelley and the bunch of flowers that her Nana brought her to give to the Queen

Shelley and the bunch of flowers that her Nana brought her to give to the Queen

Mansfield Chad

Photo:Shelley and her Nana

Shelley and her Nana

Mansfield Chad

Silver Jubilee Visit To Mansfield

By Shelley Hughes (nee Boam)

I can remember when the Queen came to Mansfield during her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977.

I was nearly eleven years old at the time and went to Mansfield to see her with my Nana who was a big fan of the Royal Family.

We set off early to get into town, when we got there my Nana brought me some flowers to give to the Queen and we then stood on the front row in the Market Place to get a good view.

I can remember having my photo taken posing with the flowers before the Queen arrived and then the security man said that we could go in front of the barriers so we could greet the Queen when she was doing her walkabout.

When she was near to us I remember giving her the flowers and she sad “thank you vey much” and I recalled how posh she sounded.

It was a great day that I will never forget and I am constantly reminded of it as I am nearly always in a picture printed in the Chad, although it is mostly the back of my head that is seen in the photos printed. My Mum has got some other photos that my Nana purchased from the Chad and I can be seen in front of the barriers waving a flag as the Queen waved to the crowd as she walked past.

Shelley Hughes (nee Boam)

This and other stories will feature in the 'Our Queen' exhibition at Mansfield Museum Saturday 2 - Saturday 30 June

This page was added on 16/04/2012.
Comments about this page

I remember that day so well working for Landers and having three shops in Mansfield we were extremely busy and continued delivering to our shops as long as the police allowed us into the town centre. What a fantastic day takings wise and atmosphere wise. It was wonderful driving round and looking at the crowds on the side of the roads, the bakery also had a wagon painted up in a union jack design to celebrate the jubilee and this was parked on Chesterfield Road in a car park so HM could see it as she was driven in.  The pressure for Landers did not end there because HM went from Mansfield to Nottingham where again we had three shops and from there to Derby where again we had three shops. At about three in the afternoon I was driving a wagon out of Nottingham towards Derby approx 15 minutes in front of HM [picking up empties for the next day deliveries] and all the way the road was well lined with crowds of people---the thought went through my mind well if all else fails it's a good bit of advertising!

By jim cairns
On 16/04/2012