Procession celebrating the coronation of Edward V11

Coronation procession
David Thomas

This wonderful image shows a  procession to commemorate the coronation of King Edward Seventh  along what is now known as the Golden Mile on West Street.

At the head of the procession was Enoch Morgan Lewis who had recently retired as Second Coxswain of the Fishguard Lifeboat. (2nd man from the right)

But what sashes are the men wearing ? They could have perhaps been members of the Loyal Order of Foresters or the Oddfellows – both organisations were very active in the town at that time.

The celebrations took place on the 26th June 1902 as had been planned for many months but in the days before,  King Edward developed peritonitis and had to undergo emergency surgery – so in fact the coronation did not actually take place until August.  All the nationwide celebrations took place in June however as this was the wish of the King.

Many thanks to David Thomas for sharing this rare image

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