At 11am on Sunday 1st May, Kirsty Wark will be reuniting key people involved in the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977 when communities were alive with streets parties and the nation turned red, white and blue, on BBC Radio 4’s “The Reunion” programme.
Kirsty will be joined by Royal biographer and member of the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Steering Committee, Hugo Vickers, who will be describing how he worked in the office of the London Celebrations Committee which set in motion local street parties and glamorous cultural events.
Others taking part in this programme will be veteran Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter who describes the “electric” atmosphere on The Mall, where thousands had camped out overnight to get a better view as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh passed by in the Golden State Coach. and. Mary Pearson, whose father Sir Martin Charteris was the Queen’s Private Secretary, attended many of those events and sat of the wall of Clarence House gardens to watch the Queen process through the crowds to a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next month this is sure to be a fascinating and nostalgic look back as how we celebrated 45 years ago.
Listen live on the Radio or on BBC Sounds : BBC Radio 4 – The Reunion, The Silver Jubilee