Monthly Archives: January 2017

Katharine of Aragon’s last letter to her husband, King Henry VIII

On Friday last, 27th January 2017, the people of Peterborough and beyond came to remember the death and buriel of King Henry 8th’s first wife Katharine of Aragon. I saw little of the actual service because a group of us in appropriate costume guided some 360 chidren from St John’s Church to the Cathedral, and […]

The Sunday after

The Sunday papers all told of the story – this one is from the Sunday Express – it says: ‘Sometimes a baby’s cry broke the stillness’: Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Princes and Chancellors from 111 nations joined a countless throng of humble people yesterday in the final massive act of homage to […]

The day when Britain ‘stood still.

This Saturday, 30th January 1965, saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history when Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held – regarded by many as a day when Britain ‘stood still’. The following is based mainly on BBC reports with personal memories included: ‘Thousands of people had paid their last respects to […]

On a late Friday Night

The night of Friday, 29th January 1965, was one of bitter rain and snow but that didn’t stop people taking up their positions for the following day’s state funeral. While they were taking their places in the cold and wet the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal, was rehearsing the pallbearers duties inside St. Paul’s […]

The legacy of Queen Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

On this Friday, 27th January 2017, the magnificent cathedral in the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]

BBC Breakfast Time begins

On Monday last, 17th January 1983, the very first ‘Breakfast Time’ morning broadcast had been introduced to the nation.  Presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott, with additional involvement by Nick Ross and Russell Grant, the atmosphere of the set was intended to encourage a relaxed informality – a living-room rather than a studio with […]