The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Crowning of the May Queen 1953
Cannock kids put their own spin on coronation celebrations.
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In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone the teachers and pupils of John Wood Infant School at Cannock are celebrating May Day and the forthcoming coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at the same time. Little Jacqueline Gaze becomes the school's very own queen for the day complete with crown and robes. Despite a somewhat rickety pole, that has to be held upright by some of the older boys, the traditional maypole dance brings proceedings to a fitting close.