WHO remembers this party? It was held at Ash Vale primary school in June 1953 to celebrate the Queen's Coronation.

The photograph was sent to the Star by Mrs Patricia Crabtree who was one of the partygoers and is ringed in the picture.

Her maiden name was Murphy and she was 11-years-old at the time of the celebrations in the school hall.

"To be honest I don't remember too much about the party, although it looks as though we had plenty to eat," laughed Patricia who in those days lived at Homeleigh Crescent, Ash Vale.

The discovery of the picture has spurred her to try to organise a street party to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee in June.

If the event is given the green light, then it will be held in Sherborne Road at North Camp.

The cul-de-sac is just round the corner from Patricia's present home in Queen's Road.

One of her helpers is her daughter, Mrs Karen Humm, who lives in Sherborne Road.


"I've put out some feelers and I've had an enthusiastic response," said Patricia. "I've also been in touch with a party shop which can supply bowler hats, Union Jacks and that sort of thing."

The party will be open to anyone who lives in the immediate area.

Although Patricia doesn't recall the school party, she does have painful memories of being caned on both hands by Mr Betts, the headmaster.

He administered the punishment after she and a friend had been caught playing on the ice covered Basingstoke Canal behind the school.

"I didn't go on the ice again while I was in school," she said.