by Dave Roberts
Following a discussion on Facebook, Emma Westmacott of Nantwich Road has kindly allowed us to use this photograph of crowds in Wheelock Street, Middlewich on the 17th July 1946. They're all waiting for the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of a Royal Visit to Middlewich that year.
This is the photo I was talking about, Dave. On the back my Mum, Jenny Sant, has written:
'This photograph was taken just after the war, in 1946, in Wheelock Street, Middlewich.
We are all waiting for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to pass by on their Royal tour.
Notice the rainy day fashions, the Co-op shop window display and the baby's pram!
I am the little girl holding my Mum's hand and a big flag!'
I think this is a newspaper photograph . I'm sure there are a few (very old) faces which people might recognise!
There's a much better known photo of the same occasion, which can be found in many 'Old Middlewich' photo collections:
Notice that even as long ago as 1946 Reg Taylor's Newsagent was well established and can be seen on the left of the photo. It's now the office premises of Carrie-Ann Sudlow's web-design consultancy, and to its right is the shop long known as 'Luther Walton's' which is now Chimichango's Mexican restaurant. Next to that is the fondly remembered 'Meadow Dairy', now the site of Betfred's betting shop.
Here's a slightly abridged version of Allan Earl's account of the Royal visit. The full version can be found in Allan's Middlewich 1900-1950 (Cheshire Country Publishing 1994). See pages 180-182.
* Can anyone please remind us just where 'Wallange Bridge' is? We ought to know, of course...-Ed
Middlewich Heritage Trust