In 1953, the City of Liverpool like many cities, towns and villages across the country was caught up in the excitement of a new heir to the throne, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
The Liverpool Echo newspaper had a full front page dedicated to the Queen which was printed on the 2nd June 1953. The Cities fathers had also pushed the boat out (as they say) to celebrate, and lined the streets with butting and flags, and the people of Liverpool also joined in the celebration with street parties, decorating there own street and getting all the children involved.
Liverpool Library teamed up with the Education committee to organize a competition, which was held in all of Liverpool primary schools.
The competition was for the school children to write a poem or an essay about the Queen.
As you can image the teachers set this as the childrens homework and encourage the children to get involved. One such pupil at Joseph Williamson School, completed his homework and handed it in to the teacher.
The pupil was Paul McCartney aged 10 years old, unknown to the young Paul and his family, his teacher sent his essay into the library competition and it won the under 11 category. Paul was awarded a book token for his efforts.