When The Queen opened Gatwick Airport

Gatwick in modern times - barely recognisable from its 1958 origins
Gatwick in modern times - barely recognisable from its 1958 origins

As the nation celebrates the 90th birthday of The Queen, we turn the clock back to one of her early visits to West Sussex.

In 1958 the young Queen came to the Crawley area to open the new Gatwick Airport.

The roads around the airport were very quiet and security was stepped up because of the Royal visit, but a far cry from the police prescence these days.

She also stopped off at Crawley itself, to view the new town and meet some of the residents.

Crowds lined the streets waving flags as The Queen was given a grand tour of the town.

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