Sixty years ago this week a young Elizabeth II made her first official visit to Lancashire as monarch, enjoying a two day tour of the historic county after arriving at Preston railway station with Prince Philip
Sixty years ago this week HRH The Queen made her first official visit to Lancashire since her Coronation, a trip which took her to Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and towns and villages across the ancient county.
Accompanied by Prince Philip, the Queen arrived on Preston railway station to be greeted by Mayor of Preston Coun Joseph Gray on April 13 1955.
Cheering crowds lined the route as the Royal Party made their way from the station to the Police Headquarters at Hutton, where Her Majesty was introduced to officers in their finery, freshly groomed dogs and saw a police car put through its paces on the skid pan.
The two-day tour concluded the following evening with a glittering Royal Variety Performance – the first time this prestigious show was staged outside London – at Blackpool’s Opera House.
Among the stars to entertain the Royal Party that night were Charlie Cairoli, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss, George Formby, Albert Modley and Al Read.
Also taking part was Lancashire comedian Bill Waddington who later played Percy Sugden in Coronation Street.
l British pathe newsrel of the tour can be seen at www.britishpathe.com/video/selected-originals-royal-tour-of-lancashire