HMS Minotaur 1909

This card was sent by Annie Barber, who was staying in Southend-on-Sea,  to her husband George in 1909.

The message reads:

Dear George

We are now on the Pier waiting for the Lord Mayor coming along in the tram, the streets are too crowded for anything, the morning is grand. After you left we went up to the bandstand, found a nice seat, which nobody asked us to pay for, and saw the fireworks which were grand. Winnie is alright today. Annie

The Lord Mayor of London was visiting to see the fleet in July 1909.  There is a short film of the event which gives us a good idea of the event and how crowded Southend-on-Sea was, as Annie mentions. 

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