Were you one of Wakefield’s coronation babies ?

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As Elizabeth Windsor was being crowned Queen of England on June 2, 1953, eight women across Wakefield had their own important roles to play.

They were giving birth to their children, who became known as the coronation babies.

Story about Michael Riley, who will be 60 on June 2. He was one of 8 people born in Wakefield on day of the Queen's coronation in 1953. also Pictured with mum Iris, newspaper cuttings and a silver spoon he was presented with from mayor.

Story about Michael Riley, who will be 60 on June 2. He was one of 8 people born in Wakefield on day of the Queen's coronation in 1953. also Pictured with mum Iris, newspaper cuttings and a silver spoon he was presented with from mayor.

Four boys and four girls were born in the city on the same day as the Queen’s coronation 60 years ago.

One of those was Michael Riley, who was born at his grandmother’s house on Snapethorpe Crescent, Lupset.

Mr Riley, of Outwood, was presented with a silver spoon by the then mayor Frank West days later after missing out on 5/- coins which were given to youngsters born in hospitals.

His mother Iris, 83, now of Northgate, Horbury, said she remembers the nurse trying to listen to proceedings on the radio in the midst of delivering her first born.

She said: “They were just laying the crown on her head as Michael was born.

“Most people were at the same lady’s house as she was one of the first in the crescent to have a TV and invited everyone.”

An Express article from the time, said the other children were John Stephen Ackroyd, of Garden Street, Wakefield, David Charles Jones, of Manor Haigh Road, Lupset, Philip Martin Butler, of Little Lane, Purston, and Susan Elizabeth Wood, of Ella Street, Fitzwilliam.

Another three girls were born to Mrs Rogers of Stanley Street, Mrs Redmile of Milton Crescent and Mrs Jackson of Wonder Street.

If you were one of the children or you can remember the coronation celebrations, then contact us on 01924 433013 or email editorial@wakefieldexpress.co.uk