IN day two of our celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Russell Leadbetter tells the story of Glasgow's celebration of the day, Tuesday June 2, 1953 when the city revealed a vivid splash of colour and street parties, dances and bunting were the order of the day
Glasgow loves to party and when the Queen was crowned people all across the city danced and celebrated in the streets until the small hours.
From Anniesland to Maryhill and Govan, from the Cathkin Braes to Tollcross, parties were held in roped-off streets.
The music was supplied by drums and accordion, or one-man-bands, or by records played on the gramophones of the time and relayed through loudspeakers.
In banner-draped George Square, they even danced without music. They sang, and made sure they were heard by the VIP guests in the Lord Provost's official reception in the City Chambers.
Many dancers wore overcoats against the chill, but little could get in the way of their enjoyment.
Glasgow, like everywhere else in Scotland, went all out for the Coronation.
Thousands gathered in living rooms and clubs to watch the TV broadcast on the BBC, or to listen to it on their radios.
Neighbours crowded into the houses of people with TV sets, and guests brought picnic lunches so they would not miss a single second of the morning's events from London.
If there was any discomfort in sitting in such a cramped space for several hours, no-one let on. It was, after all, Glasgow's first big television occasion, and few wanted to miss it.
Once the broadcast was over, the parties began.
Street parties, dancing, children's parties – you name it, they all took place.
Bunting had been in short supply in the weeks preceding the Coronation, with people flocking to wholesalers' premises as soon as new supplies arrived.
In McLean Street, the 300 party-goers were even entertained by a boxing match between Jackie Marshall and one 'Puddin' Fraser. There was also dancing and singing – even yodelling.
Maryhill had a big sense of occasion, with revellers gathering in almost every street.
At Govan Cross, hundreds of people waltzed around a decorated fountain brilliant with coloured lights.
In Merryland Street, the dance area was edged by a kerb specially painted in red, white and blue.
At Clayslaps Street, near the Kelvin Hall, an Argyle Street dairyman provided a gramophone so customers – and anyone else who wanted to join in – could dance.
In Mair Street, near Paisley Road West, an energetic band of women staged a running buffet from a single room, ground floor tenement, keeping the revellers full of tea, cakes and sandwiches.
Youngsters at the East Park Home For Infirm Children who were unable to walk were taken on a tour of the decorated streets in a fleet of taxis.
In the City Chambers, Lord Provost Thomas Kerr , 75, and his wife received guests in the Satinwood Salon and then danced in the banqueting suite.
On the day, bonfires stretched across Scotland, from the peak of Ben Nevis to Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.
There were three bonfires in Glasgow parks, and buildings were illuminated.
Many people from Glasgow and west Scotland travelled to London for the Coronation.
Jamie Stuart, now 91, remembers standing in The Mall and seeing the Royal coach pass by. He was in the RAF at the time and was in London on holiday.
He says: "It was very exciting but I had an awful job trying to see. I had to stand on some shaky bushes to get a view.
"The crowds were 10ft deep and there were hundreds of people all around me using periscopes.
"It was pouring with rain at the time, and all the carriages were closed - with one exception.
"The elderly Queen of Tonga had an open carriage and when she came along she was smiling and standing up and waving to everybody, and she got a bigger cheer than the Royal carriage."
Whether you were in London or Glasgow, it was a day to remember. The hangovers could start the following day – and for many, they did.