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The Proclamation of George V.

King Edward VII died on 6th May 1910 and, as a result, it was incumbent upon the Mayor of Glossop to proclaim the accession to the throne of KIng George V. Traditionally, such events had taken place at the Old Cross in Old Glossop but, on that occassion, it was decided to have three ceremonies - at the Old Cross, at the Town Hall and at Hadfield Cross.

The Proclamation at the Town Hall
Proclamation at the Town Hall

The Glossop Chronicle 14 May 1910:

The proclamation was made on Wednesday by the Mayor from specially erected platforms in front of the Town Hall, at the Old Cross, Hadfield, and the Cross at Old Glossop, as well as to the schoolchildren in Norfolk Square. Later a Town Council meeting was held, at which a resolution of sympathy with the King and Royal Family was passed.

Owing to the king’s death flags were flying at half-last on all the public buildings in Glossop on Saturday, and on the following day fitting reference was made at the various places of worship to the loss the nation had sustained by the sudden death of King Edward. It was also feelingly referred to at the Glossop Police Court, on Monday when the Mayor (Alderman B. Furniss) said the dead monarch's name would go down to posterity as "Edward, the Peacemaker." No King could wish for a proud title, and none better deserved the title then the King whose loss they mourned that day. It was his painful duty to move a resolution that the justices of the borough of Glossop in session assembled desired to express their sorrow at the loss the nation had sustained by the death of the late King Edward the seventh, and they respectfully tendered their condolence with his Majesty King George the Fifth, his Royal Consort, her Majesty Queen Alexandra, and the other members of the Royal family in their sudden bereavement, and that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to his Majesty the King. Mr T. P. Hunter, J. P., feelingly seconded the resolution, which was carried in reverential silence.

The Proclamation at Hadfield Cross
Proclamation at Hadfield Cross
Hyde Reporter, Saturday 14th May 1910:

King Proclaimed at Hadfield.

A great crowd assembled at the Old Cross, Hadfield, on Wednesday afternoon, on the occasion of the proclamation by the Mayor of Glossop (Alderman Brook Furniss) of the accession to the throne of King George V.

A band was in attendance, along with the Territorials, and there was a display of enthusiasm appropriate to the occasion.

Not the least notable feature of the proceedings was the attendance of hundreds upon hundreds of school children, who were in charge of Mr. B. Whiteley, Council School; Mr. P. J. Holloway, Church School; Canon Sabela and the Mother Superior, Catholic School; Mr. Marshall, Padfield School; Mr. W. Adshead, Brookfield School; and Mrs. Fox, Waterside Infants’ School.

Following the reading of the proclamation, the National Anthem was lustily sung, and the Mayor then announced, to the delight of the children, that they would not have to go back to school that afternoon. Enthusiastic cheers were raised for the Mayor, and the proceedings generally were extremely impressive.

In accordance with the usual custom all the flags in the neighbourhood were run up to the masthead in honour of the new King and on the following morning they were once more dropped to half-mast until after the funeral of the late King.

The Proclamation at Old Glossop Cross
Proclamation at Old Glossop Cross Proclamation at Old Glossop Cross

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