Coronation memories at Jordanston

The children in fancy dress outside the Hall
Graham Evans
Graham James , Pantycoch on the horse
Graham Evans
The Carnival procession
Graham Evans
The Coronation Cake made by Mrs Ada James being presented to the Vicar. Others in the photograph are David Jones (Vicar's son) ; Mrs Ellen Harries, Mair Evans and Valerie James.
Graham Evans

Jordanston Church Hall was the setting for the Coronation  in 1953, where all the local residents gathered for a day of celebration. Graham Evans shares his memories of that day.

The day began with a Carnival procession, before everyone moved on to the Railway cutting at Jim Owen’s farm, Llanwern for the sports races. All the fathers had been allocated jobs in organising the events – sprints, slow bicycle race, sack race etc.  Great fun was had by everyone, and I remember my father Emlyn being the starter for the day. I think all the sports results were published later in the County Echo.

The children and adults then gathered for a special tea at the Church Hall with a Coronation cake baked especially by Mrs Ada James of Pantycoch.

One of the highlights of the day was an invitation by the Vicar , Rev C W B Jones for all the children to join him at The Rectory opposite the hall to watch some of the procession on his small black and white television in the lounge. Around 20 children trooped up the driveway, before gathering excitedly to watch the events in London. The Vicar was the only person in Jordanston at that time to own a television- and a telephone !

Some of the children can be named – Alan Pritchard and his sister Veronica (Escalwen ); Lilian and Gwenfra Roberts (Panteg); Graham,Valerie and Marilyn James (Pantycoch); Graham and Mair Evans (Hendrefach); Olwen Thomas (Trebrython); Rosalind Williams (Gwynfryn).

It was a very special day, and brings back many happy memories of the wonderful community at Jordanston at that time.


Comments about this page

  • The tall gent in the 1st photo is Leonard Champion who was originally from Mountain Ash and worked on the farm at Pantycoch
    The lady in the centre of the 2nd photo and at the rear is Mrs Magretta Thomas (Trebrython) and the lady on the right is Mrs Mattie Owen (Llanwern ) with her daughters Lynn and Sylvia

    By graham evans (04/05/2023)
  • What a wonderful ‘compendium’ of photos and comments re. ‘Hendrefach’! Brings back many memories of the area and families
    , and of attending Sunday School at the Church/Community Hall, and Concerts on occasion. Diolch am dano! R Roberts.

    By Rowland Roberts (19/04/2023)

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