ROYAL VISIT TO THE FYLDE
COAST, TUESDAY, JULY 8th, 1913.
ROYAL RUN THROUGH
Demonstration of Loyalty
King & Queen admire
the Rose Queen
The first visit of Royalty to Lytham on
Tuesday last was most worthily recognised, and thought it was but
a flying visit, so to speak, the pleasure it gave will remain in
the memory of all who witnessed it. In common with the rest of
the community, the Lytham people rose to the occasion, and
presented to their Majesties' vision a scene of unwonted
splendour. Warton Street and Clifton Street looked lovely, their
natural decorations of foliage forming a pretty background for
the liberal display of bunting. Almost every house and 'shop
along these streets exhibited favours, and such a display has
never before been seen in the town. A sub-committee of the Club
Day Committee, with Mr. W. J. Hall at their head, were
responsible for the chief decorations, and they are to be
congratulated of the result. But many of the individual efforts
Deserving of Great Praise.
The officials of St. Peter's Church made a
charming display. In addition to portraits of their Majesties,
and a huge banner of welcome, they had placed a number of
beautiful plants at the lych gate, making a Very artistic
The Council Offices decorations evoked
universal appreciation, so rich and rare were they. The hotels
and banks also went to considerable trouble and
The police arrangements were on a stupendous,
scale. A little army of County police invaded the town, and under
the superintendence: of Mr. Carson, were placed all along the
route, to keep the streets clear of traffic, and to
Circumvent any Suffragette
The streets were also lined with spectators
,but the chief gathering ground was the beach, from the Council
Offices, almost to Lowther Gardens. Here, first of all, the
lifeboat crew were stationed. Next was the special stand for the
members of the Council and their wives, and then came the great
gathering of Sunday school children, ranged along the edge of the
green, all the little folks wearing souvenir medals, and carrying
little flags, which they waved as enthusiastically as they
cheered when the Royal party passed. But the
Chief Centre of Interest
was the Rose Queen's court. The throne
used at the previous day's coronation had been erected at the
edge of the green. Her Majesty Mary Johnson being surrounded by
her pages, court jester James Goodier, and maids of honour, with
Miss Lily Fielden, the ex-Queen, on the right, and Miss Hamman,
May Queen of Knutsford on the left. All wore their floral and
other favours, and the scene was extremely enchanting. Further
along were the Lytham Girl Guides, the Boy Scouts, and the Lytham
Territorials, under Capt. Hickson, all of whom saluted the Royal
party. The photographers were quite numerous, and the
cinematograph also took note of the scene.
The glaring sun was nicely tempered by a
cooling breeze. When the pilot car made its appearance,
heart-beats quickened, and we lived the next twenty minutes in
the joy of anticipation. A shout of delight passed along the vast
crowd when the Royal car made its appearance. Although the car
was closed, the windows were so spacious that everybody had a
capital view of their Majesties as they bowed and smiled hearty
appreciation of their cordial reception. On reaching the Rose
Queen's court the Queen quickly
Called the King's Attention
to the unique sight, and both smiled most
graciously, the Queen turning round in her seat to feast her eyes
as long as possible. It appeared to us that she would have loved
to make a moment's stay, but it was not in Lord Derby's
programme, and the cars passed on, slowly but surely.
ROYAL ELM PLANTED.
Well-Deserved Tribute to the
After their Majesties had passed, the
planting of an elm tree in Market Square Gardens took place by
Mrs. Clifton to commemorate the Royal visit to Lytham. A fairly
large crowd witnessed the ceremony, included in whom was the
Supporting Coun Lightwood were; Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. Clifton, Mr. Wykeham Clifton, Coun. J. Pearson, J.P., J.
Ainscough, J. J. Beesley, and 1'. V. Barker, Mr. W. Wignall, Mr.
H. T. Marsden, and Mr. E. Milns.
The Squire said that now the dust of their
Majesties' cars had gone, there was but one thing to do to
commemorate that great occasion on which Lytham had been
honoured, viz., to plant that tree to perpetuate the name that
was so aptly given to Lytham— "Leafy Lytham."
Mrs. Clifton then planted the sapling, her
sturdy manipulation of the spade being greeted with
Coun. Lightwood then asked Coun. Pearson to
take charge of the tree in the name of the Council, and said that
whatever they owed to anybody they certainly owed to Mr. Clifton
and all who had preceded him in the occupation of the hall, the
very beautiful town in which they lived—(Hear, hear) — and all
the sylvan arrangements stood out in such a way that visitors to
their Own, always admired the trees and foliage. He hoped the
Council would take care of that tree that it might perpetuate
that memorable occasion. (Hear, hear and applause).
Coun. Pearson promised that special care
should be taken of the tree.
Coun. Ainscough proposed a vote of thanks to
Coun. Beesley seconded.
Three hearty cheers were given for Mrs.
Clifton and the Squire.
Mr. Clifton replying on behalf of his wife
said that their Majesties had travelled seven miles through his
estate. He was pleased to do all he could for the enjoyment of
the children, and it was good that the Chairman of the Council
should appeal to him to see what was really the best form of
entertainment for the children. (Applause).
On the proposition of Mr. Wignall, seconded
by Mr. H. T. Marsden Coun. Pearson was thanked.
Three cheers were given for Mr. Pearson, who
briefly returned thanks; and for Mr. and Mrs. Clifton.
A gentleman in the crowd called for three
cheers for Mr. Wykeham Cliifton, and these were given with great
The G.O.M. was taken by surprise, and
acknowledged the compliment with a gracious bow, he said :—"I
cannot thank you enough, for the extraordinary kindness; with
which you always receive me. It is indeed a great pleasure for an
old man to be very kindly received by all his fellow- citizens. I
beg to, thank you most heartily (Applause).
The Garden Party.
Coun. John Pearson and Mrs. Pearson did the
honours of the day appropriately by inviting the townspeople to a
garden party in Lowther Gardens after the King's visit. Earlier
in the' day they had both been presented to their Majesties,
along with Mr. C. A. Myers (Clerk to the Council), at Preston,
had hurried back to Lytham in time for the Royal visit, and then
presided over the garden party. The guests were cordially
received, and were entertained by the famous Wyngates Temperance
Prize Band, a Punch and Judy show, and ventriloquial
entertainments. About 500 had had accepted the invitation, and
Mr. DeGrey had a difficult task in attending to their wants. The
weather was sunny and the function gave everybody an opportunity
of fraternising and discussing the Royal visit.
The Children's Treat.
One of the pleasantest recollections of the
King's visit will be the family interest taken by the Clifton in
the treat they gave to the children in the marquee on the green.
When Coun. Pearson: very delicately made the suggestion to Mr.
and Mrs. Clifton recently, he was delighted at the way it was
received. Besides paying the piper, the Lord and Lady of the
Manor brought their two guests and the children to the marquee,
and after having a cup of tea, all started to help to serve, Mrs
Clifton being very assiduous. The little girls also helped in
their way, taking one cup, or one plate at a time to be washed,
and finding fault if they were not properly washed. Unfortunately
the marquee was much too small, and it was nearly seven o'clock
when the Ballam children got their tea, their's being the fourth
sitting down. The little ones were ravenously hungry, and ' would
have been worse had not one or two family men brought food out to
them to take the edge off their appetites.
During tea the Lytham band played selections
Excellent ambulance arrangements were made
both on Monday and Tuesday. The Lytham Nursing Division was on
Tuesday in charge of Corps treasurer, Mr. E. Millington, and Miss
Hind, of Preston (third nursing officer) also undertook duty at
Lytham. The Lytham Nursing Division included Mrs. H. T. Marsden
(Supt.), Mrs. Eastham, Mrs. Lord, Mrs. Burgess, Miss Lang, Miss
Duckworth, Miss Braham, and Miss Lazenby. Mrs. Marsden was
allocated to St. Annes on Tuesday. Fortunately the services of
the nurses were not called into request.
Lytham Territorials see the King at
The Lytham Territorials went to Preston
almost in full force on Tuesday, where they formed part of the
guard of honour outside the Bull Hotel. They travelled on the
10-35 a.m. train, and returned to Lytham by the 2-22 p.m. in time
to form the guard of honour at Lytham. The names were —Lieut. R.
F. Holt, Col.-Sergt. Insp. Corpls. Isles, Lamb, Sergt. Mathews,
Corp. Jolly, Lance-Corpl. Johnson, Sergts. Cross, Tipping, and
Bell, Lance-Corpl.. Smith, Pts. Wilkin, Eccles, H. Wilkin,
Charnley, Clarke, Bretherton, L.Dagger, Barlow Fairclough,
Hardman, Jameson, Bonney, Mayor, Cookson, Simpson, Rukin,
Bilsborough, Maries, Wilsden, Hall, Gillett, A. Dagger, and
Butler. The number was augmented at Lytham by the following :
Captain N.ickson, Corpl. Rigby, Corpl. Norcross, Pts. Hudson,
Wilding, Williams, Whiteside, Miller, and Gregson.
Newspaper article dated July