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How to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee – By Abolishing Top Hats!

A newspaper report on ideas for celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, as proposed by ‘Gracchus’

We loved this article about the refusenik who proposed that the Diamond Jubilee should be celebrated by the abolition of the top hat. Um, that’s the Diamond Jubilee of 1897, just in case you’re wondering.

The newspaper columnist called ‘Gracchus’, was not a cheerleader for the festivities. Indeed, he wrote some devastating critiques of the celebrations (under the protective cloak of anonymity, admittedly).

If you’d like to read his thoughts on the Diamond Jubilee, just do a search for ‘Gracchus’, and then use the date filtering options to navigate to the year, 1897. Once there, you will be able to read his anti-cheerleading thoughts.

Oh, and it’s also worth finding out where the name ‘Gracchus’ comes from…

How to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee - By Abolishing Top Hats

Pall Mall Gazette – Tuesday 20 April 1897

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