Monday, June 24, 2024

YT’s Royal Wedding Coverage: Capturing History

WE HAD A bit of a busy day yesterday travelling from South Ockendon to Horndon and all points in between to cover the celebrations in the borough.

We thought of putting them up in one news item but then thought that each event deserved its own showcase.

One of the primary purposes of YourThurrock is to chronicle on film, life in the borough using the youtube portal.

We like to think that we will be the first port of call, say in fifty years time, when people ask: “What was Thurrock like in 2011?”

With that in mind, it is important to film as many events as possible on an important day in British history such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Celebrations change: even in 1977, although the then Thurrock Gazette photographer, David ‘Porky” Henderson had nearly 200 jobs on his books, it was the end of an era, rather than an era at its apex. The parties were organised by people who recalled WW2 and indeed, present were people who also experienced the Great War.

Indeed, we had to laugh when we heard that the wedding of the future George V1 was not broadcast on the radio for fear that: “Rough looking men with hats, drinking in pubs, might be listening in”

And now, the great-granddaughter of a Durham coal-miner has married the future King of England.


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