The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Mark Hall in 1957

History / Wed 11th Mar 2015 at 01:51pm

WE thought we would dip into the East Anglian Film archives and have a look at when the Queen came to visit Mark Hall school .Queen Mark Hall

The film opens with a close-up shot of the Harlow crest and the Union flag. A high-angle shot shows the exterior of the school and the arrival of the royal motorcade. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by local dignitaries, including the Headmaster of the school, Sir Richard Costain, Chairman of the Harlow Development Corporation and Ben Hyde-Harvey, the General Manager.

The Queen and the Duke are shown round the school. There are exterior shots and interior shots showing a woodwork lesson taking place. The children gather of the field to wave to the Royal couple as they drive off against a background of corporation houses in East Park.

The crowd disperses and the final shot is of Union flags and a message reading God save the Queen.

Background Information:

Mark Hall Secondary School opened in 1954. It was the first Secondary School to be built in Harlow.
Featured People:

HM the Queen; HRH the Duke of Edinburgh; Headmaster of Mark Hall School; Sir Richard Costain, Chairman, Harlow Development Corporation; Ben Hyde-Harvey, General Manager of the Harlow Development Corporation


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2 Comments for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Mark Hall in 1957:

Patricia Sampson (Mordecai)
2021-11-08 18:27:05

I was a pupil then, I remember this day clearly.

Linda Webster (nee Lloyd)
2022-09-10 21:53:41

I was in the Chemistry Lab and I was testing for acid or alkaline with litmus paper prince Philip asked what I was doing and I told him, the Queen said “oh that’s interesting”. I was 14 years old

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