Previous Jubilees have been celebrated with some enthusiasm locally. There was quite an effort made in May 1935 at King George V’s Silver Jubilee. The Military obviously had a serious presence. Was the venue at what’s now the ‘Hollywood’ in Shipwrights’ Drive, Thundersley?
Floats of many descriptions and themes assembled and paraded in 1935, but was this the same event? Alas, my information is sketchy. Does anyone remember?
‘HAASTON’, an unusual spelling of the name of the leader of the Vikings at Beomfleote’s Norse encampment. In Haesten’s absence his troops were soundly thrashed at the Battle of Benfleet in AD 893 by King Alfred’s men. I understand the dragon wagon here was manned to commemorate the formation of South Benfleet, Thundersley and Hadleigh into the Benfleet Urban District Council in 1929.
Just to add to the confusion, there are quite a few spelling versions for Benfleet’s villein: ‘HAASTON’, Haasten, Hastein, Haesten, Hæsten, Hæstenn or Hæsting.
Any further information about the pictures and/or the event would be most welcome.