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Community News & Views | A resort fit for a King

IT WAS 90 years ago King George V and Queen Mary came to Bognor for their historic visit.


The Bognor Regis Post will be publishing weekly excerpts from archive editions of The Times to show how it informed its readers about the monarch’s recovery from a lung illness:


Tuesday, February 5 – The King continues to gain strength slowly, and was able to sit up on Saturday and Sunday for a short time.


A large private ambulance was in the grounds of the Palace again yesterday, and afterwards made a trial run to Bognor.


It halted at the door of Craigweil House, and the wheeled bed which it contained was carried to the bedroom known as ‘The Sun Room’ by way of rehearsal for the journey which the King will make.


This was not the first of the tests to have been carried out to ensure that there will be as little inconvenience to the patient as possible when he travels.


It is understood that on a trial run to Craigweil House last week Colonel Arthur Erskine, the Crown Equerry, travelled on the stretcher of the ambulance in order to test its suitability, and was carried into the house on the stretcher by four bearers of the St John Ambulance Association, and up to the room which the King will occupy.


Friday, February 8 – It is now considered probable that the King will leave for Bognor tomorrow morning.


The King will travel to Craigweil House in a motor-ambulance, supplied by the Daimler Hire Company, which has been subject to repeated inspections and tests on the road.


It is described as resembling outwardly a private motor-car, painted dark green and black, and so equipped so as to afford every possible comfort to the King on his journey.

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