Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Sixty-year-old flag flies once again for Queen
June 2nd, 2012 |
A St George’s Cross flag last flown on the Queen’s coronation has been unearthed in the attic of a furniture store, just in time to fly once more for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The shop, Silcox Son & Wicks, has been trading from its premises in Bath for more than 100 years and describes itself as a ‘tardis’ full of hidden gems.
But when Charlie Wicks, son of the store owner Steve Wicks, was rummaging around in the attic, he was astounded by his latest find.
The 20ft by 10ft flag was obtained by his grandfather Dennis Wicks during the war while he was serving in the Royal Navy.
It was then hung outside the shop with five others in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.
The historic flag has now been hoisted outside the shop in Kingsmead Square, Bath as part of their jubilee celebrations.
“It was an amazing find,” Steve Wicks said. “After nearly 60 years in the attic it is not in the best condition but it has huge symbolic and sentimental value to us and I think dad would have been very proud.
“We have recovered four of the six original flags, including a magnificent merchant navy red ensign and the St George’s Cross. “I had no idea they were still up there after all these years.
“We have a picture of the flags in situ in 1953 and I have always thought they looked magnificent.
“So to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we have managed to hoist three of the flags including the largest St George’s flag on the front of the building.
“It took a bit of an effort and I don’t know how my dad must have done it all those years ago.”
. Read more on
thediamondjubilee.org – The Central Weekend
bbc.co.uk – The Diamond Jubilee
The British Monarchy
visitlondon.com – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London
Wikipedia Elisabeth II
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