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Film: Silver Jubilee 1977: How Great Brays residents celebrated with street parties and pageants

Communities / Thu 2nd Jun 2022 am30 08:33am

A FEW years ago, YH stumbled across this film of street parties and celebrations in the Great Brays area of Harlow back in June 1977.

It looked like a wonderful day and is a little window into how things were celebrated.

For many, they or their parents had moved from London out into the new development of Harlow.

So there was a real feel for the bond between the Royal Family and the Blitz spirit.

This reporter know this as he was a fifteen-year-old living on Great Brays at the time. He thought he was far too cool and went off to run with Harlow AC at a Jubilee Athletics Meeting at Crystal Palace. Now he looks back on this with very fond memories.

This film is from the east part of Great Brays. Over on the west side, the green was festooned with bunting. One of the residents, Alf, had a large Wurlitzer organ and played a lot of the traditional songs.

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