Worksop’s coronation queen

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CONNIE Hewkin was just 18 when she was crowned Worksop’s Coronation Queen in 1953.

She didn’t even know her mum had entered her into the competition until she was told she had won.

Mrs Hewkin, nee Underwood, said: “I was a nurse and worked all hours so I didn’t have time to be entering competitions.”

“My matron wasn’t very pleased about it, it was frowned upon for nurses to get involved with things like that.”

Mrs Hewkin’s crowning glory was part of a day-long celebration organised by Worksop Chamber of Trade.

Pictures of all the coronation queen contenders were printed in the Worksop Guardian and readers were asked to vote for a winner.

Mrs Hewkin, 78, of Blyth Road, said: “There were about a hundred floats taking part in the procession.”

“We set off from Worksop station and went down to the old cricket ground.”

“I had a wonderful time. It was a really big event and there were stalls serving all kinds of food like pie and peas and fish and chips.”

“All sorts of groups had floats, there was the caged bird society, the league of friends, and all the churches.”

The year after being crowned, she was invited to all sorts of events such as opening church fetes.

Mrs Hewkin, who is married and has two children and three grandchildren, also worked as a midwife.