by Malcolm Pratt
Freeman had made, and largely financed, arrangements for the celebration of coronation day in Winchelsea. As he was not, of course, present, he received a long report of what happened from his deputy mayor, Dr J R Skinner. A procession and a church service were followed by separate lunches for adults and children. The children were served first and of this Dr Skinner wrote 'Homard [the caterer] told me he would not have believed that children could drink so much ginger beer - none of them are any the worse as far as I know!' Every attempt was made to ensure that no residents were left out. No fewer than 305 adults enjoyed the meal and a further 20 lunches were taken to those unable to attend.