City of Leicester Coronation Procession 1953

Archive footage of the parade in Leicester to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Tuesday 2nd June 1953.

Please note this film has no sound.

Film sections with the time they appear:

00:10 “CITY OF LEICESTER 1953 – As part of the official Proceedings to celebrate the Coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. A Procession was organised to portray the Civic, Social, Educational, Industrial and Commercial life of the City”

00:29 “THE CITY OF LEICESTER CORONATION PROCESSION took place on Tuesday 2nd June 1953”

00:37 "The assembly area prior to start" We see dignitaries and members of the Quorn hunt gathering in Victoria Park, an army regiment marching along University Road, and crowds gathering in the rain."

05:42 "Parade of Quorn Hounds – Huntsman: Mr George Barker"

06:21 "Services Group"

08:28 "Pre-Service Units"

09:06 "Fanfare of Trumpets 1st Bn. The Royal Leicestershire Regiment"

11:20 "The Ex-Serviceman's Associations"

12:00 "The Civic and Municipal Group" We see a convoy of fire engines, ambulances and representatives of the parks department, schools and civil defence organisations for Leicester.

18:20 "Youth Organisations"

19:50 "Topical and General Group" This includes a number of sporting clubs represented by decorated floats we see fencers, rowers, a speedway team, walking club, swimming association, Sunday school and a group of racing cyclists.

23:31 "Historical Group" This is a brief shot of an Elizabeth I themed float.

23:47 "Industrial Group" We then see several lorries being used as promotional devices in the parade: they include firms of plumbers, builders, agricultural producers with tractors, electricity and gas organisations, Cascelloid and the co-operative society.

30:22 "Scenes in the dispersal area"

31:45 “Appreciation – The Coronation Procession Committee desire to place on record their thanks and appreciation to all those taking part in the Procession. They also thank the citizens of Leicester who supported the Procession as spectators in such unfortunate weather”

From the collection of Media Archive of Central England (MACE)

Copyright: Leicester City Council