QUEEN VICTORIA’S CORONATION – Thursday, 28th June 1838.
The morning was ushered in by merry peals from the church bells. At the Custom House, and at the towers of the different Churches in the town, the Royal Stannard floated proudly in the breeze, and numerous guns were fired during the day in different quarters of the town.
In the morning, 450 children of the Grey Coat Boys’ and the Blue Coat Girls’ Schools assembled at the Old Shire Hall, where they were met by the clergy. A marshalled procession proceeded in the following order down Foundation Street and up Brook Street, to the Church of St. Mary at the Tower for a service. At the conclusion of the service the children sang the hymn, “Lord of Heaven, and earth, and ocean,” with admirable effect. After the service the children proceeded at 2 o’clock to Christchurch Park, where in a spacious booth erected on the north-side of the square, formed of elm trees clothed with the most luxuriant foliage, an excellent dinner of roast beef and plum pudding was provided by Mr. Brooks, of the Great White Horse. Grace having been said before and after dinner by the Reverend J.C. Aldrich. Parish bands played a number of popular airs during the dinner. The children drank the health of the Queen, after which, they sang the National Anthem, and then gave three cheers for their Royal patroness.
Upwards of 2,000 children who attended the Charity Schools, assembled at the Hospital, at 12 o’clock, dressed in their best clothes, where under a number of stewards appointed for the purpose, marshalled a procession behind banners, down St. Matthew’s Street, across the Cornhill, to the New Market. At the head of the procession a white silk banner, with the motto, “God save the Queen – long live the Queen Victoria,” followed by a band of music, playing the national air. At the New Market tables were laid under the piazzas, the walls were decorated with laurels and evergreens, and at the principal entrance in the New Market Street, were displayed two Union Jacks. Grace having been said the children partook of a substantial dinner of roast beef and plum pudding.
The Mayor’s Dinner – In the evening, the front of the Suffolk Hotel was illuminated with variegated lamps, forming an Imperial Crown, with the initials “V.R.” At 5 o’clock, Peter Long as Mayor of the Borough gave a dinner to upwards of fifty gentlemen, principally members of the Corporation, at the Suffolk Hotel, tickets 6s. each. The dining-room was decorated with a variety of evergreens and flowers, and banners were hung round the walls. Amongst them were “The Queen and Reform” and “The Queen and Liberty.” The wines were of the very best sorts, and the dinner was served in a splendid style, every delicacy of the season was in profusion. An excellent band was in attendance, contributing in a great measure to add to the pleasure of the occasion. The Grace was said by the Reverend W. Harbur. Peter as Mayor gave “The health of our Queen, and may she reign be long, happy, and glorious! 3 times 3, and one cheer more. Many more toasts were also drunk and at 11 o’clock the company separated, having spent a most pleasant and convivial evening. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 30th June 1838 and Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 30th June 1838.