Category 20th century loss

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

A farewell to a King

It is said that 305,806 people had filed past King George’s coffin while he lay in Westminster Hall.  Now – the morning of Friday 15th February 1952 had, dawned.  At 9.30am in a cloudy and misty the mile-long cortege began its slow journey from Westminster Hall as Big Ben tolled fifty-six times – once for […]

The King’s last night – laying in State in Westminster Hall

The 13th February had moved into the 14th as people came to say farewell to their King. At 2.00 A.M. the last had left. The Daily Mail of Friday 15th February reported that, on the evening of the 14th the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret had stood for some 10 minutes in […]

Queuing to say farewell to the King

For some 20 minutes this evening Queen Mary, the Duke of Windsor, and the Princess Royal stood with bowed heads in the great hall of Westminster near the coffin of the King.  Queen Mary, her white handkerchief held to her face, wept as the ceaseless line of people continued to file down the east side […]

Buddy Holly’s legacy for us.

Buddy’s funeral was held on Saturday 7th February 1959.  Up to that date the records that had been released in the British charts were: ‘Peggy Sue’ [first entered 6/12/57; 17 weeks in the charts; reached number 6] ‘Listen to Me’ [first entered 14/3/58; 2 weeks in the charts; reached number 16] ‘Rave On’ [first entered […]

Tributes from England and beyond

The Daily Mail of 11th February has three pieces to the Editor: The first is  ‘A French tribute’ from A. Caffin from the Rue de Chaligny in Paris:   ‘Sir – ‘It is with sad emotion that we French of the 1939-45 war have learned of the death of his Majesty King George.  We cannot forget […]

The Friendly King and the new Queen

Described as ‘Reveille for the Weekend’ for February 8, 9, 10, 1952’ and claiming to be ‘Britain’s all-family Weekly Newspaper’ we have a slightly different stance of the events.  On the front page we have: The Friendly King: ‘Reveille’ joins in the universal grief felt at the death of King George VI.  The nation is […]