The Coronation – how Leeds marked it 60 years ago

John Waddington Ltd. of Leeds were never a firm to miss an opportunity to market a new game.  This is the card game they produced to celebrate The Coronation on 2nd June 1953.

Titled “Crown the Queen”, the game was invented by Elaine Burton, Member of Parliament, who was then the Labour MP for the constituency of Coventry South (which she held from 1950-1959).

Below are a few other items from the Leeds museum collections which show how the city celebrated the occasion.

The official Leeds programme

printer’s proof for the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd. Record, Coronation Number 1953

pencil design for an advertisement for  Youngmans restaurant,
by Dickinson Display Ltd.

Leeds Amateur Operatic Society, “Merrie  England” by Edward German, as part of the City of  Leeds Coronation Operatic Festival, Temple Newsam  Park, May 30th- June 10th 1953

Coronation souvenir playing cards,
printed  by Alf Cooke Ltd., Leeds

Ballot for free coronation seats at Montague Burton Ltd.,
announced by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Donald George Cowling

Coronation bunting in a street in Harehills, Leeds. 
Courtesy of Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.

Quarry Hill Mount, Leeds.
Courtesy of Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.


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