DescriptionQueen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip started their visit to the Coast by flying into Hokitika on the 18th of January 1954 and after their welcome they travelled to Greymouth by road. In 1954 the road was unsealed in places so to make their journey more comfortable the western (seaside) of the road was tar sealed, and I guess the other side was closed off to all traffic until the Royal party had past by. This section of road was for years known as "Lizzie's side of the road". In Greymouth she made a speech from a dias opposite where the fountain is today on the grounds of the District Council Office where Lombard St would meet Tainui Street before coming to my street Puketahi Street for a cuppa at the then Borough Council offices.
The Royal party overnighted at Revingtons Hotel by the railway crossing on Tainui Street and next day they left Greymouth for Christchurch by train, waving to the crowd from the platform at the rear of their Royal carriage.ContributorBrian McIntyre
West Coast New Zealand History (10th May 2015). Queen Elizabeth's Visit 1954. In Website West Coast New Zealand History. Retrieved 26th Feb 2020 20:39, from https://westcoast.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/944