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Paterson was only 19 years of age when she was crowned Stranraer
Coronation Queen. The
year was, of course, 1952 and the celebration was part of
a series of civic events designed to commemorate the accession
of the new Queen.
half-a-century later, the Free Press has managed
to track down the lady in question.
an avid Free Press reader, Marie gets the paper
sent to her home in England.
although she does not know it yet as part of
a special Jubilee surprise set up by her son Glen, Marie will
travel to Stranraer next week for a nostalgic return to the
area in which she grew up.
now lives in Nottingham, from where son Glen told the Free
Press My mum has long treasured the honour of
being Stranraers Coronation Queen.
with the title, she was presented with a silk sash and a
silver tiara by the gala judge Millar Wilson.
even wore the tiara with pride on the day she married my
father Keith Clayton Readyhoof in 1955 at the Old Parish
Church in Stranraer.