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The Queen says Gloucester is 'young and vigorous' during city visit... in 1955!

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

  • The Queen visits Gloucester in 1955

  • Crowds are held back as the Queen visits Gloucester

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The Queen has described Gloucester as 'young and vigorous' during her visit to Gloucester... in 1955!

Stunning Pathe newsreels from back in the day have been released from an archive and made publicly available on YouTube for the first time.

It offers a unique glimpse into Gloucester's past, including the Queen's visit in 1955, in which thousands of people lined Eastgate Street as she visited the Guildhall.

During the visit she also said that she 'wishes the city every success and good fortune in the years to come'.

Watch the newsreel here:

Another incredible blast from the past comes in the form of a newsreel from 1953 depicting the day in which the Gloucestershire Regiment 1st Battalion return home to Gloucester after the epic Imjin Battle, during the Korean War. Thousands of people line the city's streets and 2,000 people attend a service at Gloucester Cathedral.

Then, Lt Col Carne is presented with the Freedom of the City by the mayor at a ceremony at the Guildhall.

Now watch the newsreel:

To see British Pathé's full online collection of 85,000 historic videos click here.

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