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Social History


Hainault Celebrates

The Queen's Silver Jubilee 1977


by Raymond Small 

In 1977, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II reigning twenty-five years, buses on Ilford's No. 25 route were painted silver to mark the occasion.  Speaking at the Guildhall, the Queen thanked the many thousands that had sent messages of congratulations and good wishes for the future.  Of course, not everybody wanted to celebrate. A punk single called 'God Save The Queen' rode high in the pop charts and was banned from being played by most radio stations because it was deemed to be provocative and disrespectful. However, for the majority of people the Silver Jubilee was a perfect excuse to let one's hair down and have a good time.

Many in Hainault felt like joining in the fun. Some in Huntsman Road formed a committee and made plans to raise funds with a raffle. Proceeds would pay for a children's party and also take pensioners on a day trip to Finchingfield. Committee members were Ernest and Elsie Tredgett, Joan Small  and  another Joan.  Ada Twiggs the warden, who looked after the elderly people living at Marlyon Road, was also a member of the group.

The raffle draw took place on the green next to the pillar box in Huntsman Road (near Falconer Road). Les became 'Drawmaster' and his wife, Margaret, assisted.  A large crowd of locals gathered to watch a cylindrical silver drum being spun. When the spinning stopped, members from  the audience were randomly invited to pick tickets from the drum to ensure everything was fair. Every time a ticket was picked, the drum was spun again before the next one got chosen. The two Joan's stood at another table giving out prizes to the lucky winners. Prizes included: Tupperware, saucepans, a teapot, a watch, an ashtray, spirits and food hampers. Local businesses donated some and others were supplied by the committee members. 

Headmaster, John Westbury, gave his approval for a children's party to be held at Hainault High School. The community helped with baking and making sandwiches. The assembly hall was decorated with colourful balloons, where rows of tables were filled with sandwiches and savoury treats. Later, cake and biscuits were served. Orange squash washed everything down.


Cowboy Lee. 

Red Indian

Michelle Lowings, Rosemarie Small and Susan Killingback.

Red, white and blue bunting flapped in the breeze as children negotiated obstacle courses and competed in other events on the school field. Grown-ups joined in and gave assistance to some of the younger competi-tors, like three-year-old Lee Perry. A Children's Centre has since been built on part of the field that was used.

Pensioners gather outside the sheltered accommodation in Marlyon Road with Warden Ada Triggs (right) waiting for a coach to take them to Finchingfield where cream teas were awaiting them.

 Young helper, Marika, stands next to Joan Small outside a Tea Room. Margaret is standing behind in the blue dress.  Standing on the right is Ada Triggs the Warden. Sadly, no other names are known. If you recognize anyone pictured on this page,  please email.

Finchingfield, 1977 - the most picturesque and photographed village in Essex.