Our Heritage: Queen marks jubilee in Lancaster

From Mr R Walker, Slyne.'Queens Silver Jubilee 1977 Lancaster
From Mr R Walker, Slyne.'Queens Silver Jubilee 1977 Lancaster

Ron Walker, now 90, worked for British Rail when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Lancaster in 1977 as part of the monarch’s silver jubilee celebrations.

The visit, on June 20, was part of a summer tour of the UK, and the royal couple also paraded in Preston and Manchester on that same day.

Ron’s wife Edith, 85, remembers how they were lucky enough to get tickets to stand outside Lancaster Station to await the Queen’s arrival.

“It really was very interesting,” recalls Edith, who worked in the old tax office in Church Street at the time.

“The streets were lined with people and all the children got the day off school.

“There were a lot of school children to the side of us.

“I remember the Duke talking to some of the people outside the station and he and the Queen then got in a car. I think they might have gone round to the town hall.

“It was a fantastic occasion and we were all very excited.”

Fortunately, Ron, who was a keen amateur photographer, had his camera on hand to record the visit – and was kind enough to allow us to present a selection of his pictures.