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In the Heart of North Yorkshire

On the 12th May 1937 Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George, Duke of York, was crowned at Westminster Abbey, taking the name of King George VI. It was a day of great joy for the country, and the Empire:  the constitutional crisis caused by the abdication of George's elder brother Edward, in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, was definitely over.
Stillington celebrated in splendid style, with a gala that included a May Queen, surrounded by her attendants, setting out from Stillington Hall; a purpose built coach; a magnificent parade through the village, with a king and queen,  and even a model ship gracing Town End Pond. Fortunately many photographs, and even cine film, of this unique event have survived.
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