Were you a face in the crowd when the Queen came to tea?

The Queen and Prince Philip visit Corby in 1961
The Queen and Prince Philip visit Corby in 1961

This is the moment when a family welcomed two very special visitors as the Queen and Prince Philip called in for a chat.

It was on Monday, June 19, 1961, during a visit to Corby that saw crowds lining the streets.

Now, 52 years later, as Corby prepares for the Queen and Prince Philip to visit again, people are recalling the day the monarch took time to drop in on a very excited family in Greenhill Rise, in the town.

Sheila Griffin, of Sheffield Walk, Corby, was eight years old at the time and her parents Jack and Helen ran Allan’s grocery store and post office in the precinct of shops opposite the house on the Beanfield estate.

She said: “I was in the Brownies at the time and I can remember being in my uniform.

“We were all lined up at the front, waving flags, and I remember the crowds of people.

“My mum and dad had a flat above the shops and people were up there to get a good view.”

The photograph is one of many which will feature in a Diamond Jubilee exhibition to be mounted at Corby’s Heritage Centre before the Royal visit on June 13 or 14.

The Queen is visiting Corby on one of those two days as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

Details of visit have not yet been announced by Buckingham Palace but speculation over who she will meet and the itinerary is mounting.

In 1961 crowds waved and cheered as the Queen and Prince Philip arrived at the town’s railway station before visiting the old Market Square, in the town centre, and moving on to the library in George Street, Greenhill Rise and finally Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks, leaving after lunch at the Recreation Club in Occupation Road.

Billy Dalziel, Corby Council’s heritage development officer, said: “The photograph of the Queen arriving at the house in Greenhill Rise was discovered among a private collection of pictures. We are gathering items for our Diamond Jubilee exhibition and if anyone has anything to add we would be really grateful. We have been given colour film of the Queen in Market Square during the 1961 visit and that will be part of the display.”

To donate items for the exhibition call 01536 464284 or 07944 023611.

If you are the family who welcomed the Queen, or if you spot yourself in the crowd, call the Evening Telegraph on 01536 393944.