The Jubilee Mural - Scene 4 - St. Edmund's Church
In 1953 the few people who owned televisions invited friends and neighbours to watch the Coronation. One such gathering was at St. Edmund’s Church, now Salisbury Arts Centre.
“Being a member of St. Edmund’s Church, people were invited to watch the Coronation on TV. I had never seen a TV before, and we were all crowded on chairs watching a small brown Bakelite TV set. I remember it was hard to watch being a wet day and it affected the transmission I suppose.” Jan Truckle
Ken Edwards remembers:
“the Coronation was a big thing, because I don’t think there’s many people had televisions in the street, then, but they had a big TV screen in the church, so we all went up to … St. Edmund’s (Church). St. Edmund’s was the hub of the community in those days. It was very sad when that shut but that was the hub of the community. Yeah, we had a big television in there and all the whole street went up there.”