HomeUncategorizedCoachloads of Barnsley royalists travel 175 miles for Coronation

Coachloads of Barnsley royalists travel 175 miles for Coronation

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Sandra and Alex Hanna made their own crowns for the journey

Plenty of royal fans from Barnsley have traveled to the capital for the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to see the King’s Coronation.

More than 100 people began the 175-mile (282 km) journey to London to celebrate the early morning celebrations.

Among them were mother and daughter Sandra and Alex Hanna, who made their own tiaras to mark the occasion.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a momentous historic moment,” said Ms Hanna.

The couple said they both wanted to make the trip out of the hope of meeting King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

Ms Hanna, who was born 10 days after King Charles, said that despite growing up in different backgrounds, she and the King have “a common history”.

She added: “You can’t just soak up the atmosphere through the TV screen. For me, the monarchy is relevant and gives stability to all of us.”

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Despite the early departure, the passengers were in very good spirits

The three coaches depart from the South Yorkshire town at 04:30 BST and arrive in London just before 10:00 BST.

The journey was interrupted by a stop at Watford Gap services so passengers could get into the celebratory spirit with a glass of prosecco and strawberries.

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Sandra Creeton says she’s excited for the day ahead

Sandra Creeton said she woke up at 01:30 BST to get ready for the big day and made the trip because it was something she would never see again.

“It was a military operation this morning, one in the shower, then a second, a third, a fourth.

“It’s something you have to do. It’s part of history and it’s going to be amazing to experience.”

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Passenger Kathleen Lowe carrying a Royal tea towel she bought in 1960

Dressed in red, white and blue and wearing a tiara, passenger Kathleen Lowe said she was excited for the day ahead.

“It’s our history and we have to keep it, embrace it and be positive about the country.”

She added: “I wanted to be a part of the whole experience because it was something I would never see again.”

Meanwhile, in Barnsley, many people gathered in the center of town to mark the event.

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Crowds gathered in Barnsley town center to watch the ceremony on the big screen

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Jeff and his six-year-old granddaughter are taking part in the celebration in Barnsley town center

Jeff and his six-year-old niece Francesca joined the crowd to watch the celebration on the big screen.

Francesca said it was a “brilliant day” and would love to sit on the makeshift throne.

She added: “I feel like Queen a lot.”


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