The Royal train, coming from the Ely
direction, pulls into Brandon railway station but surprisingly there is
not a crowd to welcome them. We can assume that the visit was not
common knowledge amongst the local population.
And this is the 2006 version ...
The Royal entourage leaves the train on
the Weeting side of the station and greets military personnel, thus
providing more evidence that this visit was not for the people of Brandon
but for local military morale instead. In the foreground is the Queen (more recently to be know as the Queen mother), behind her is her
husband King George VI and peering over his shoulder is Home Forces
General Sir Alan Brooke. I assume that the three servicemen on the
left represent locally based servicemen, two Army officials and one
RAF. The gentleman in the middle of the photo looks like Arthur
Greenwood, Deputy Leader of Clement Atlee's Labour
The platform in 2006 ...
The Royals are seen leaving Brandon
station (this building has for some time been used as a decorator's
storage building) and entering into their chauffeur driven car before
moving on to Weeting.
And this is the building today. The
entourage left by this door and although the building is now boarded up
it still looks much the same as it did more than sixty years ago ...