The Friends of Hylands House

Registered Charity No 1059969

Gooch Family - Coronation Celebrations (1911)
' The whole country was excited in June 1911 as on 22nd June it was the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of Teck. The following article is from the parish magazine of St Mary’s, Widford '
The whole country was excited in June 1911 as on 22nd June it was the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of Teck. The following article is from the parish magazine of St Mary’s, Widford.
“We have had a full account of the great ceremony in Westminster Abbey in our daily papers. Some of our neighbours were privileged to witness the splendid procession in London’s streets.’
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‘All the rest of us have made history, through the kind invitation of Sir Daniel and Lady Gooch, by joining in the Festivities at Hylands. Invitations were sent out to include the whole Parish of Widford and all the tenants of Hylands Estate. After a thoroughly wet night and early morning, the sun appeared, the clouds dispersed, and our dejected spirits disappeared. On this memorable June 24th, the able-bodied and youthful on foot, the infants in an estate waggon, the old people and those in ill-health in brakes and motor, we all made our way to the park, where our Host and Hostess made us kindly welcome.

In the flower gardens the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Band performed, and to the accompaniment of its delightful music we viewed the flowers.

In the park, a fair was provided, and on presentation of the entertainment card we had free rides on the galloping horses, coconut shies, swings and shies. As no charge was made for any of these amusements, which at Fetes usually empty the pockets, business was very brisk, and the Committee were kept very busy clipping the cards.

On the Sports Ground races were arranged for the boys and girls, in such liberal style, that all who cared to run received Coronation mementoes as prizes.

At 5 o’clock the company partook of tea in one immense marquee, and to see 700 people, thus grouped was an imposing sight, and one calculated to please the donors of the feast, in that they were giving pleasure to so many of their tenants and Widford people.

During the progress of the meal, Coronation medals were distributed to each guest by Miss Phyllis Gooch, and each child had tea from a Coronation mug; medals and mugs being gifts of our Hosts. Before leaving the tables the Rector thanked Sir Daniel and Lady Gooch, on behalf of the people of Widford, for their kind hospitality, and Sir Daniel having replied, hearty cheers were given; the company returned to the open air, and the amusements were continued.

Soon after 8 p.m. a company assembled near the roundabout, and from that point of vantage, Mr Weeks, a tenant farmer, expressed our thanks; cheers were given for the Squire and his family and Mr Liebert, who was responsible for the excellent organisation, the National Anthem was then sung, and we dispersed, carrying away with us memories of a thoroughly happy day.

In one word we have, on the occasion, expressed our thanks, and now in print, we beg to record once more our appreciation of the kindness shewn, and the trouble taken by Sir Daniel and Lady Gooch, to give us a festival which will make us remember the Coronation of King George V.

GOD SAVE THE KING’

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