AHEAD of the coronation of King Charles III tomorrow, we take a look back at the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in Rhyl in 1953.

When the late Queen Elizabeth II was officially crowned on 2 June 1953, many Rhyl residents held street parties in celebration, which took place in areas like Elwy Drive, Coventry Drive, Princess Elizabeth Avenue and St Anne’s Street.

Other parties took place at Sussex Street Church, with schools including Christ Church School also commemorating the big day.

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Annual carnivals and sports days were re-classified as “Coronation events”, with Rhyl’s annual Rose Queen pageant becoming the “Coronation Queen” event.

In Rhyl, people could watch the broadcast in the Pavilion Theatre for a small entry fee.

However, not everyone marked the event, with some believing it bore little relevance to Wales.

In Rhyl, there were complaints that people were apathetic, and the town’s press was critical that residents hadn’t made a big enough of a “splash” with their Coronation festivities.