Wigan pensioner who sent platinum jubilee poem to the Queen honours 'wonderful woman'
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Lilian Goulding, from Standish, has lived through the whole of the Queen’s reign and always followed the monarch’s life with interest, as she was just a few years older than her.
The 92-year-old said: “In three months time I’ll be 93! It’s crazy to think I watched her get crowned some 70 years ago."
Lilian has fond memories of watching the coronation in 1953, while living with her mother-in-law shortly after getting married as she saved to buy a house.
She said: "We were one of the first on our street to get a TV, so all the neighbours joined us to watch the coronation. I remember it rather vividly.
"She was a wonderful woman throughout her time as monarch.
“We must honour her in the best possible way we can. She has been a huge part of the history within this country.”
A keen writer from the age of six, Lilian would attend local Age UK meet-ups and present her work there.
It got noticed and eventually she was given the title of honorary poet laureate.
She wrote a poem entitled Elizabeth The Great ahead of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations and sent it to Her Majesty.
Much to Lilian’s surprise she received a response from the Queen herself, along with a photograph of Prince Philip.
She was delighted with the response she received, which took her by surprise.