HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 was celebrated in style by the community, with a range of events designed to appeal to everyone. Successful fundraising meant that the 'Party in the Park' was a totally free event, open to all.
Saturday 2nd June 1.30-4.30pm. 'Kings & Queens' scarecrow village hunt.
A 'treasure hunt' to find and identify effigies of royal personages, beautifully crafted by villlage organisations, and on display all around the village.
Sunday 3rd June Lunchtime 'Street Meets' at various sites around the village.
Due to the poor weather, some of these were postponed until the following day. Reports suggest that a good time was had by all, whenever the get-togethers took place.
Sunday 3rd June 6.00-10.00pm 'Party in the Park' on Walkington Sports Field
Free BBQ, Punch & Judy, kids arts & crafts, live music, grand firework display.
In spite of the weather this proved to be a truly memorable evening: great music from Raoul Nicholson, Rachel Hodgson and 'The Brink', an excellent barbecue and without doubt the biggest and best firework display that Walkington has ever seen to round off the night, preceeded by the singing of 'Land of Hope and Glory' and the National Anthem, led by Julie Drummond.
Photographic record of the weekend
Our 'official photographer' was Ally Brom. Follow the link below to see some of her images of the weekend.
Flowering Baskets. The village was adorned with colourful planters on the old-fashioned street lamps. Grateful thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible by
sponsoring the baskets, your generosity is really apreciated.
Other Jubilee-linked Events:
Wednesday 9th May Girly Night at the 'Fergie'. A relaxing, fund-raising
evening with the opportunity to indulge in a bit of retail therapy and support some of
our local businesses.
Friday 18th May Auction of Promises at the 'Fergie'.
A successful evening which raised a good sum of money. Huge thanks to everyone who offered a 'promise' to be auctioned, to those who came along and joined in the bidding and also to the Fergie for hosting both the auction and the Girlie Night earlier in the month.
Thursday 31st May Age Concern Lunch + School garden party
Friday 1st June Bell ringing: Full Peal at All Hallows Church
Other events and activities included an exhibition of Coronation commemorative items
at All Hallows church, the decoration of the pond with bunting, flags and coloured lights
(by the pond committee) and a Walkington Poet Laureate contest (organised by Mike
Brookes and won by Pete Sutton). In addition, the Parish Council have refurbished
Townend Pit on West End, at the entrance to the village.
Thank you to everyone who participated in any way in the celebrations - the village truly
came together to mark this special occasion in our nation's history.