Those Were The Days: November 15 1966: Crowds defy the rain to see Princess Margaret

Crowds outside the Cutlers Hall waiting to see Princess  Margaret - 15 November 1966.
Crowds outside the Cutlers Hall waiting to see Princess Margaret - 15 November 1966.

Fifty years ago Princess Margaret made her second official visit to the city to attend the re-hallowing of Sheffield Cathedral following the completion of the extensions.

Arriving at RAF Finningley she was driven to the Cutlers’ Hall where she was received by the Lord Mayor, Ald Lionel Farris, and went inside to meet the Master Cutler and the Senior Warden. Then she crossed the road (past this crowd of well-wishers on Church Street) to the cathedral to be greeted by the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Sheffield and the Provost. At the conclusion of the service she toured Chapter House and later took tea in the vestry. She followed this by calling in at the youth centre at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, and Handsworth Parish Centre where there were more cheering crowds which admired the way she cheerfully accepted the atrocious weather, even refusing a proffered umbrella.