Queue in Civic Square

Does anyone know why these people were queuing in Civic Square in about 1952/3? My mother and brother are at the front of the queue.
There was a label on the back that explained the occasion, but most of it has fallen off and lost, and I can’t remember what it said.

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  • I think the people were queueing for flood relief parcels in 1952. They were distributed from what I think was then the bank but became Davies chemist eventually.

    By Patricia Rowland (Carter) (18/02/2019)
  • I think that the newly built house in the background was Dr Dunlop’s house and surgery.
    To the left out of picture would have been Davies Chemist and the traffic lights.
    If this was 1953 it could be to do with the floods.
    The fact that many people are smiling may indicate that they were waiting to get a glimpse of the Queen when she visited Tilbury.
    Here is a bit of news footage of the Queens visit in 1953
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdpNe7y5snI

    Also, there was still food rationing in 1953.

    By Cliff Cowin (17/12/2018)

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