Duration: 13m 52s
Filesize: 10.5 Mb
Recorded: 19 January 2023
Linda Munro (nee Omand) was born in Orkney and moved with her family to Banniskirk farm, Caithness in 1955.
In this recording, Linda explains how her interest in all things royal started while at school in Dounby, Orkney.
"I remember the day King George VI died, on the 6th of February 1952. One of the pupils from the school went home for her mid-morning break and came back and told our headmaster that the King's passing had been announced.”
She then describes the celebrations associated with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. Along with her fellow pupils, Linda was presented with a blue commemorative beaker and a silver-plated spoon. The spoon became the first item in her collection of royal memorabilia.
She also remembers buying a few china mugs to celebrate the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee and her interest in all things royal was rekindled.
She began to attend local auctions and enjoyed meeting people on viewing days. That's when her royalty collection got off the ground.
"Anything that had a royal emblem on it, I bought it.”
With the help of auctioneer, Willie Coghill her collection began to grow. Items of royal china were carefully wrapped, boxed and stored in the floored attic of her house in Halkirk.
In 2022, Linda's collection was on display in the exhibition room of the newly opened Halkirk Heritage and Vintage Motor Centre.
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