For on Thursday, July 28, 1977, Her Majesty, accompanied by Prince Philip, the Duke Of Edinburgh, visited the town to mark her Silver Jubilee.
And few people look back on the occasion with more pride than 64-year-old Chris Cooper, who lives in Huthwaite.
For the man she called her ‘uncle George’ was the person given the enviable task of escorting the Queen on her visit, which included the official opening of Mansfield’s new public library.
‘Uncle George’ was, in fact, the father of her auntie, Valerie Devney, 78, who lives in Mansfield Woodhouse.
And to give him his proper title, he was Coun George Jelley, chairman in 1977 of Mansfield District Council, which had only been formed three years earlier.
He sported his chain of office and, along with his wife, Daisy, he showed the Queen around the town as she met members of the public and received flowers and gifts from local children.
"I can’t remember much about the day,” said Chris, who was 19 at the time. “It was such a big event and the crowds were so packed.
"But I do know that uncle George was as proud as punch. He was really chuffed and very much in his element.
"After all, getting to accompany the Queen is not something you do every day!”
Chris says that George often used to talk about his moment in the spotlight in later years until his death at the age of 91.
"He told the Queen and Prince Philip all about the town and its shops,” she said. “But I think their conversation was mainly about general things because she was busy shaking hands and meeting people in the crowd.”
George was a much respected councillor, who had previously been chairman of Mansfield Woodhouse Urban District Council.
The Devney family is well known in Mansfield Woodhouse, with Valerie marrying the brother, Alan, of Chris’s mum, Josephine Ellis (nee Devney), who is 83 and lives in Sutton.
Chris (nee Ellis), now divorced, is a self-employed private cleaner and has two children of her own, Samantha, 36, and Matthew, 35, who both live in Sutton, as well as two young grandchildren.