The Queen's visit 1968
Thanks Dave, as ever !
Up dated by
Tom & Dave with help from T.D.
When Dave came up with this picture of the above Crown there was a discussion about when this picture was taken... there was a Crown exactly like this in Hyde Park for the Queens Coronation in 1953, then we thought of 1977.. but I did not recognised the policeman.. and at that time I thought I would have... Luckily we contacted one of Hyde's Finest' (now retired) who was able to throw some light on this... he sent us this message.
"I don`t think its 1977 - I came to Hyde in 1974 and by 1977 knew all the officers on the division- I don`t recognise this one. I think this was taken during the days when Hyde was Cheshire County Police. The coat he is wearing does not appear to be GMP issue, also the blue of the shirt collar is darker than those I wore. If he was a Hyde Officer in 1977 he would have the letter G on his epaulette above his number, he appears to have the Cheshire County Insignia on his right shoulder. I might be wrong, but could it be 1968 when there was a royal visit to the Borough?"
After another discussion with Dave about this we now think that the above picture is from the Royal Visit in 1968... if there's any more pictures out there from this visit we'd love to see them... my thank to T.D. for his help with dating this.
I do like it when a post comes together like this.. Team work at it's best.. :O)
I was a Police Constable, stationed at Hyde, from 1967 to 1969, I was on duty when the Queen visited Hyde in 1968 and was with other officers on crowd control on the market area opposite the Town Hall during HM's visit. I may be wrong, but the Police Officer in the photo with the crown may well be Constable Peter Brown who was stationed at Hyde also during that time. He is definitely wearing Cheshire Constabulary uniform with the Fleur de Lys epaulette badge alongside his number.