Such a vibrant victory parade

CORONATION: The famous 1953 "Victory V" wagon. (S)
CORONATION: The famous 1953 "Victory V" wagon. (S)

It’s back in time to the year 1953 this week with a look at Colne’s coronation procession captured here passing the Tower Ballroom.

I can still remember the crowded streets that June day and the two hour parade of decorated wagons and bedecked floats, which we all cheered for loudly until the very last one.

Here we see the “Victory V” lorry packed with wooden toys, all hand-made by the company Fryer and Co., Victory Works, Chapel Street, Nelson.

Famous for its jelly babies and Victory V lozenges, Fryer’s employed hundreds of local folk during the 1940s and 50s.

Note also the British Road Services wagon with it’s BRS vehicle division prefix number, which as schoolboys we’d collect in our Ian Allan spotter book.

This one here is “21C”, the number for the Burnley depot.

Others spotted in my 1952 book are: “20C”, Lancaster parcels; “22C”, Preston; “23C”, Carlisle; “24C”, West Blackburn and “25C”, Morecambe Bay and around 40 more.

These were truly happy days.