MEMORY LANE: Raising cash for Rose Day in Diss — 100 years ago

Memory Lane, Diss Express, April 29, 2016. Submitted by Dennis Cross. ANL-160425-163811001
Memory Lane, Diss Express, April 29, 2016. Submitted by Dennis Cross. ANL-160425-163811001
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The past week the news headlines have been dominated by Queen Elizabeth II — and probably rightly so, having reached the grand old age of 90.

But as these images show, that, in just two months, a fundraising day with royal links used to take place in Diss about 100 years ago.

Memory Lane, Diss Express, April 29, 2016. Submitted by Dennis Cross. ANL-160425-163836001

Memory Lane, Diss Express, April 29, 2016. Submitted by Dennis Cross. ANL-160425-163836001

Alexandra Rose Day was first held in 1912. It was the idea of Queen Alexandra while on holiday in her native Denmark, searching for a way to celebrate her fiftieth year in the UK. She noticed the pastor of a local church selling wild roses to raise funds, and inspired by his actions, she returned to London with the idea and launched her own day, substituting silk roses for real ones.

These photographs, submitted by local historian Dennis Cross and dating back as far as 1914, gives the impression the town got into the spirit of the day.

The first image shows a group of fundraisers in Market Place, outside what is now the Beales department store. A horse and cart can be seen, as well as The Bell, a former public house.

The second photo has been taken at the top of Mount Street, near to the junction with Sunnyside.