Proclamation of King Edward VIII

EADT – 23rd January 1936


As in other parts of the country, yesterday, the expressions of loyalty with which East Anglia greeted the Proclamation of King Edward VIII were subdued by the still poignant grief at the passing of his father.
Nethertheless, if the cheers were somewhat muted by sorrow, they were the more sincere, if possible because they had the double purpose of assuring the new Sovereign of the peoples loyalty and expiring by their restraint, their sympathy with him.
The singing of the National Anthem, too, which concluded the proceedings, was touching proof in its fervour that the hearts of the people had reached out to the new ruler.
The proclamation ceremonies in the towns of East Anglia were brief. Flags which had flying at half – mast were run up again for the duration of the proceedings, to be lowered immediately afterwards.
Citizens accompanied the civic dignitaries to the places of proclamation, and it was the privilege of the school children to witness historic ceremonies unique within their experience.


Thousands of people thronged the Cornhill, Ipswich, on Wednesday morning when at 11:00  o’clock, the
Mayor (Mr. H.E. Holland) read the proclamation of the accession of King Edward VIII. In a visual
sense the scene reassembled others for which the Cornhill has been the setting from time to time in the
past. But there the resemblance ended. To the older generation the strangely silent multitude and the
deeply impressive atmosphere which marked the proceedings throughout, forcibly recalled the last
event of a similar nature, twenty-six years ago, but those of fewer years could only find comparison,
somewhat remote, perhaps with the yearly Armistice Day observance.
The proclamation arrived in Ipswich by post, and soon after 10 a.m. was personally delivered to the
Mayor by Head Postmaster (Mr. H.G. Cotton).

Shortly after the time fixed for the ceremony, Mr. Justice Mackinnon, who is holding the Suffolk
Assizes, at the County Hall, Ipswich, arrived at the Town Hall, accompanied by the High Sheriff (Sir
Christopher Magnay) and the Under Sheriff (Mr. Thomas Wilson), and escorted by the Chief-
Constable of East Suffolk Constabulary.

The Mayor, with Mr. Justice Mackinnon and his attendants were preceded to the Town Hall steps by
the Town Sergeants bearing the black draped borough regalia, a representative body of the people,
including: Sir John Ganzoni Bt., M.P., and Lady Ganzoni, the Mayoress, the Deputy Mayor and
Deputy Mayoress (Mr. G.A. Mallett and Miss Ida Mallett), members of the Town Council and corporate officers and officers of the Territorial Army having already taken their places there.
Without preamble His Worship uttered the Proclamation, which was in accordance with the form prescribed by the Privy Council, and with the words “God Save the King”, the historic ceremony, which had occupied less than five minutes, was concluded.

The officers of the Territorial Army who attended included Lieut.-Col M. MacEwan, D.F.C., T.D., and Capt. K.A. Herbage (58th Medium Brigade, R.A.), Major R.E. Partridge, M.C. (Secretary, Suffolk
Territorial Army Association), Major G.P. Ridley (Suffolk Heavy Brigade, R.A.), Capt. E.D. Price
(229th Medium Battery, R.A.), Major Cyril Rands, T.D., Capt. G.S. Cubitt and Lieut. J.H. Harrison (4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment).


Subsequently the civic party adjourned to the library, where they drank the health of the new King, the
Corporation loving cup being passed round.
At about 10 a.m. on Wednesday the Mayor received by telegram the following acknowledgement of the telegram which he caused to be sent to the King at Sandringham on Tuesday morning:- “The Mayor. Ipswich. – The King desires me to express to you and the Burgesses of Ipswich his heartfelt thanks for their kind sympathy in his overwhelming sorrow. – Private Secretary. “

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