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1929 - A Busy Day For Princess Mary
Her Royal Highness Princess Mary had a busy day in Castleford on the 23rd. of August 1929 when she declared open the War Memorial Maternity Home, the new Castleford and Normanton Hospital, and the rebuilt Market Hall.
It is reported that at the Market Hall as she cut through a sash bearing the words "Welcome to our Princess" there were loud cheers from a crowd of over 8,000 people. The Market gates swung open to the ringing of the market superintendents almost 100 year-old bell and she stepped inside. After visiting some of the shops she spoke briefly with Castlefords oldest resident Mrs. George Wilson. Princess Mary asked, "And how old are you?" to which Mrs. Wilson replied, "Eighty-six years old."
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Market Hall
The Market Entrance
Market Hall
Commemorative Cup To Mark The Day (Front).
Market Hall
Commemorative Cup To Mark The Day (Rear).
Market Hall
Personalised For Leonard Birch.
Janet Smith is looking for information about the visit as she has this china cup and a saucer made to commemorate the visit. Also she would like to know anything about Leonard Birch who's name appears on it.
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