King George V's Silver Jubilee

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George Frederick Ernest Albert was the son of King Edward VII and Alexandria of Denmark, sister of Empress Marie of Russia, and a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

George was crowned on 22nd June 1911. and it was he that started the tradition of the royal Christmas broadcasts in 1932. He reigned until his death on 20th January 1936.

1935 was labelled the "Silver Jubilee Year" and 6th May, the day he accessed to the throne was made a Bank Holiday. In addition to elaborate celebrations the event was marked by issues of stamps, a crown coin and many souvenirs.

In Wokingham on 6th May, as documented in the "Chronicle" Paper, "The assembly of the Mayor and Corporation, supported by various officials was a ceremonious affair, watched by a huge crowd of interested spectators."
A procession headed by the Wokingham Town and British Legion Band made their way to Langborough Recreation Ground where the Mayoress (Miss F. Curl) planted a red maple tree.

A United Thanksgiving Service was then held in the Market Place and a service from St. Paul's Cathedral was broadcast from a platform in the Market Place.

There were side shows, a programme of sports, children's tea, old age pensioners tea, a dance in the British Legion Hall, and a Ball in the Drill Hall

The event was concluded with the sending up of the "King's Rocket on Langborough Rec., lighting of a beacon and a firework display.

In support of the Jubilee, councilors and others planted 70 oak trees in Holt Meadows adjoining Joel Park on 18th January 1936. Birch and popular trees were also planted. Two days later the King died and the long avenue was later named Jubilee Avenue.


Wokingham and the Royal Jubilees by Jim Bell




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