[singlepic id=2780 w=320 h=240 float=center]My guess is that this pic was taken around the time of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Though she was immediately proclaimed Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith when her father King George VI passed away in February 1952, the actual coronation did not happen until June 1953.  Coronation celebrations took place throughout the realm.  According to Mrs. Kaying Foo, daughter of Mr. Ng Qui Sang, the buntings hanging on the façade of the cinema were all made by school children, most likely children from Albion Primary and Cropper Primary.  Kaying herself attended Cropper.

According to Alumni Executive, Syd Latchana, it was some time in 1949 that Mr. Nq Qui Sang bought the cinema from Mr. Dhost of Guava Bush, who himself had bought it from Mr. Francis Marcelano, a Portuguese guy who lived in New Amsterdam and owned a rum shop in Albion Estate.  Mr. Dhost held on to the cinema only for about a year.  When Mr. Nq Qui Sang bought it, he changed the name from “Whitehall Cinema” to “Yollanda Cinema”.

Mr. Nq Qui Sang grew up as an orphan in Hong Kong and was adopted by a Chinese family which immigrated to British Guiana and set up shop in Guava Bush.

Rishi Singh