FIFTY years ago York began to celebrate one of its biggest festivals in its long history.

For 1971 marked the city's 1900th anniversary.

The 1971 festival celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the Roman city of Eboracum in AD71.

Many Press readers will remember the festivities with events taking place from April, with a pop concert at the University Central Hall, to a massed carol concert in December.

For many, the highlight of the year-long jamboree was the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip on June 28, 1971.

Crowds packed the pavements on either side of Blossom Street six deep and roared their delight as the Royal couple were driven up to Micklegate Bar in an open Sovereign carriage, escorted by a troop of 60 Household Cavalry.

The cavalcade then headed through York to the Assembly Rooms, where the Queen was due to lunch with 250 guest. It was the first time for more than 300 years that the Household Cavalry had ridden through the city’s narrow streets.

The Royal visit may have been the highlight of the year – but throughout 1971, York was in party mood. Other highlights were:

June: A pageant in the Museum Gardens celebrating nearly 2,000 years of York history but also, over at the Knavesmire, a medieval jousting tournament in which mounted knights in full armour thundered towards each-other in the lists.

August: A 21-gun salute fired in the Museum Gardens to mark the birthday of the Queen Mother.

September: Knavesmire played host to a nuclear submarine – or at least, a quarter-scale model of one. Thousands of people queued to get a look around inside, including at the sub's replica control room.

Special stamps, medals, coins and goblets were struck or minted to mark York's 1900th birthday. And so determined was the city that visitors should enjoy the celebrations that a special troupe of guides was recruited – young women in blue uniforms who rode around on red scooters and were based at the city's Information Bureau. The Texaco Tourist Pilots, they were known as.

Retailers got in on the act too. Mulberry Hall in Stonegate sold two commemorative pieces - a Wedgwood dish with the York City Coat of Arms and the inscription "York AD71 -1971" for the price of £1.37 as well as The York Goblet featuring a stylised pattern of historical symbols and ideas associated with York's past for £12.50.

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