Today’s announcement of a royal wedding got me thinking back 30 years, and how similar these times feel to the early 1980s. More specifically, it got me thinking back to 29 July 1981, when Prince William’s dad got married – because I was at street party, in Tallis Grove, Charlton, where my grandparents lived.
Somewhere at my parents’ house, there may still be a small Charles & Diana cup obtained at that party.
I don’t remember any details of it – I was a few days short of being seven years old – but it remains a vivid memory, probably because I don’t recall anything like it happening since then. Indeed, even that 1981 street party must have been a bit of a throwback to the past – the photo above, from the wonderful plumstead-stories.com, is of a 1953 coronation bash in Ancona Road, SE18.
Indeed, the site has a wonderful gallery of street party photos dating back to 1918.
Do you have any memories of any street parties in Charlton, or the neighbouring areas? Did they really die a death after 1981? Do you have any photos? I’m not interested in predicting what’ll happen next year or your views on royalty – I’m just after talk of cake, bunting, and cherryade. I’d love to hear any memories, and perhaps we could even publish any photos here.