Sixty-year-old play sparks jubilee celebrations for Worthing woman

Susan Canneaux with her play memorabilia W22087H12
Susan Canneaux with her play memorabilia W22087H12

ALMOST 60 years ago, aged just nine, Susan Darlington took her place on stage to play a young Queen Elizabeth.

Now, with the monarch’s diamond jubilee being celebrated this weekend, the 69-year-old has unearthed the memorabilia from that production.

Now known by her married name of Susan Canneaux, she took a trip down memory lane by uncovering an old programme from the West Sussex Players’ production of The Town that Would Have a Pageant.

Susan, of Anscombe Close, West Worthing, said: “It’s been lovely digging it out, because I’m a great royalist and am very interested in the jubilee.

“The very few items I have from this production are now displayed very prominently in my house.”

The play was put on at what was then called the Pier Pavilion theatre, in 1953, to mark the Queen’s coronation.

As well at the souvenir programme, Susan also has a commemorative glass which was given to her by Phil and Marjorie Canneaux, who would later become her parents-in-law and were senior members of the players.