"Princess Margaret came to open Ashington Technical College."

Northumberland College
Creative Commons AttributionNorthumberland College - Credit: Mark Smiles
Ashington Technical College (now a Further Education College called Northumberland College) was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II's sister Princess Margaret on 30 April, 1961, though it had been on the site since 1957. It seemed that the whole of Ashington turned out to see the royal visit, including all the schools who were marched along by their teachers to cheer at the kerbside as she drove by. Some of them waved flags. The author, 11 at the time, remembers his friend Les Freeman waving a huge Canadian flag as he didn't have a Union Jack.