Reviewed by John Lang - July 2006
By Royal Charter granted in 1373 by King Edward Ill, Bristol became a City and County independent of both Gloucestershire and Somerset. On a rare sunny day in the wet summer of 1973, Queen Elizabeth II came to open the celebrations, being driven through the cheering thousands on the Centre to be greeted by the Lord Mayor at the Council House.
Later she visited an exhibition on the Downs, being driven through more crowds while standing behind the cab of an open-back vehicle.
Amongst the following events were medieval jousting and a display by the Army Motor Cycle Team. And then, possibly not the same day, was the problem of extracting vehicles from the mud at the exits.