Falkirk woman performed for Queen’s Coronation visit

The Falkirk High School Choir on set in the Usher Hall for the Masque of Edinburgh performance
The Falkirk High School Choir on set in the Usher Hall for the Masque of Edinburgh performance
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Those who were around at the time remember vividly the celebrations for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

Irene Storie (nee Kirkwood) was a 16-year-old pupil at Falkirk High School when she took part in the ‘Masque of Edinburgh’ performances with the school’s choir for Queen Elizabeth II’s first State visit to Scotland after the Coronation.

The shows were held in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall from June 22-27 with 10 episodes spread throughout the week.

Irene and her friends performed in the eighth episode, ‘Stones That Speak’, set in the National War Memorial Shrine.

Irene, a founder member of Falkirk Theatre Arts Group, said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were there on the Saturday evening and she looked amazing. It was a magical event. She wore a shell pink dress, diamond necklace and tiara. she was a glittering figure. At the end of the evening we all sang ‘God Save the Queen’.”