Within Norwood a white alabaster bust of Queen Victoria, gazing regally down at the children when they were in the dining hall, was a constant reminder of the royal association.

Old Scholars from the mid-1900s recall royal celebrations and occasions which were always marked with special activities and often commemorative gifts. To the right you can see excerpts from the Record Books detailing these historic events as well as the Norwood commemorative Coronation Medal.

David Golding in Reminiscences of A Norwood Boy: (1935-1943)

“I often heard of the exciting things in which the older children in the main building were able to participate, such as … a day at the Zoological Gardens. On this occasion six children were selected … to view the forthcoming regal procession, at the coronation of King George VI. This was to be from vantage points near Buckingham Palace in London.”

Evi Blaikie (1951-55)

“There was great reverence for the Royal Family at Norwood. I remember there being a huge discussion about how we would watch the Queen’s Coronation. Everybody was so excited. I was actually chosen through school to go along and watch the procession but I remember when I got back there was a big tea in the dining hall. Everyone was putting on airs and graces and pretending we were at Buckingham Palace.”

Arnold Kremenstein (1946-54)

“In the hall where films were shown, a ‘Decca Reflector’ was specially installed for the [Queen’s] Coronation, which relayed the proceedings onto a large screen. The whole of the ceremony, in and out of the Abbey was shown. They also organised a sports day, in which I took part, and each boy and girl received a commemorative medallion in bronze or copper, which I still have.”

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