Portadown Festival of Britain 1951
June 1951, a memorable day and week for our Town, Portadown
welcomed HM Queen Elizabeth and the Princess Margaret at the start
of Festival of Britain week celebrations. The original plan was that
Her Majesty would have accompanied King George VI, unfortunately he
was ill and unable to travel and in the circumstances The Princess
Margaret accompanied her mother.
The King never recovered from his illness and sadly died 8 months
later on the 6th, February 1952; he was succeeded by our present
Queen Elizabeth II.
These six clips show various celebrations which took place in
Portadown during that week. How many of us remember those events? I
do, even though I was only ten years of age then.
Each clip is 7 minutes long, so clear some time to view the complete
40 minutes in six parts. You will see our youth organizations,
sports in the Public Park and Shamrock Park, displays of Portadown
Unit of the Territorial Army and our Fire service Brigade, not
forgetting street scenes and the many local dignitaries of the time.
You may even catch a glimpse of your parents or grandparents or
Coronation Celebrations 1953
Celebrations started on the morning of 2nd. June 1953. View old
amateur 8mm film of the weeks Coronation celebrations. After the
unveiling of a plaque in the town centre two of the Queens Royal
Swans where launched onto the river Bann. There were numerous events
throughout the week, youth parades in town, football, hockey,
skittles, cricket, cycle racing in the public parks, finishing with
an Elizabethan Pageant in Shamrock Park. View all six parts lasting
around 7 minutes each.
Granting of Royal Charter of
Borough to Portadown 1947
In 1947 Portadown Urban Council was granted Royal
Charter of Borough. The first Mayor was Bob Magowan. The videos show
the ceremony in Portadown Town Hall. Mrs Sam McGredy presented the
Council with a Mayoral chain; it was made up from gold medals won by
the world famous Rose breeding family of McGredy. The following year
a reception was held at the Canning factory in Castle Avenue where
the new Mayoral chair, built by T.W. McDonagh & Sons was
presented by George Chapman.
Sam McGredy Roses - Portadown Video with his