Factory staff watch King’s funeral

Karl Aldred's picture of staff at Booth's watching the funeral of King George VI in 1952.
Karl Aldred's picture of staff at Booth's watching the funeral of King George VI in 1952.

The many faces in this picture are glued to a big screen in the canteen of a former Ilkeston factory.

In another photograph from Karl Aldred’s scrapbook, the Booth’s workers were watching the funeral of King George VI, back in April 1953.

George was our current Queen Elizabeth’s father.

Karl said that, despite the fact that the funeral, shown on BBC One, was at night, workers came back to work to watch it.

“You used to go back most nights,” said Karl. “You went home and couldn’t wait to get back.”

Call Karl to chat about his photos on 0115 930 5802.