Along with countless other communities across the country Didsbury celebrated the event with a procession, and a series of events at the local park.
The day was captured on a camera and later reproduced in a slim volume by the local historian Fletcher Moss.
blog already but today I decided to focus on two pictures which I guess were taken fairly close together.*
The captions on the two images record that the procession was on the way back and was heading towards the Playing Fields.
And my attention in turn has been caught by that Didsbury Lad’s Club wagon.
It may well be that the movement had a strong part to play in eroding the dominance of the gang culture of the twin cities of Manchester and Salford.
The Scuttlers as they were popularly known had a brief but terrifying hold on young men in our inner city areas lasting from roughly 1870 till the end of the century.
Not unsurprisingly then the Lads’ Clubs tended to be in the poorer areas which raises fascinating questions about the presence of a club here in Didsbury.
Now so far all I know is that it later became a scout group but as to who set it up and when it made the transition is as yet unclear.
But there will be someone who does and if they get to me before I do the research I shall let you know.
Pictures; from Didsbury Coronation Festivities, Fletcher Moss, 1911
* The 1911 Coronation Festivities in Didsbury, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/The%201911%20Coronation%20Festivities%20in%20Didsbury