RIPLEY: Can you put names to Coronation celebration pictures?

Ripley folk are being asked to identify the young faces on the this snap - taken at a Coronation party in the town 60 years ago.
Ripley folk are being asked to identify the young faces on the this snap - taken at a Coronation party in the town 60 years ago.

Ripley folk are being asked to help put names to a snap taken in 1953 - of townsfolk enjoying a bash to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation.

Former Ripley resident Sue Clarke, originally from Chestnut Avenue, has unearthed a group photograph of over a hundred children who attended a Coronation party held at the old St John’s primary school, now demolished, in Green Hillocks.

Sixty years on from the event, an enlarged poster-sized copy of the picture is due to be hung at Ripley Library on Grosvenor Road in the coming weeks in a bid to identify who was there.

Sue’s friend, Geoff Gration, also originally from Chestnut Avenue, has digitally restored the photograph.

He said: “Most of the people attending the party would have been from the Green Hillocks and Elms Estate areas and most would now be in their mid to late sixties.

“Readers familiar with this area at that time will recognise in the distance, behind the school, the rope walk and also the old farm and Devil’s Wood, both long since gone as a result of the clay quarrying and open-cast coal mining that took place there.”

Sue and Geoff can remember. So far, these include: Jean, John and Harry Cheshire; Des Clarke, Ross Coalbourne, Janet, Jennifer and Geoff Gration; Dick McHugh; Patricia, Malcolm and Michael Porter; Sam Painter; Mick, Trev and Viv Hodson; Margie, Maureen and Marilyn Wardale; Brian Sanders; Colin and Brian Wheatcroft.

There will be the option to put names to the faces at Ripley Library when the photograph goes on display there.