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Jubilee a triumph despite the rain

Stella Whitehead and Christine Whitfield fly the flag for The Queen at Metheringhams Jubilee Carnival. Photo: 0278SB-1

Stella Whitehead and Christine Whitfield fly the flag for The Queen at Metheringhams Jubilee Carnival. Photo: 0278SB-1

COLD and damp weekend weather didn’t rain on the Queen’s parade as people all over the country showed their royal colours.

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee was marked with a four-day bank holiday weekend, and while the Queen was enjoying the Thames pageant parade, a star studded concert and special service in St Paul’s Cathedral, her subjects all over the land showed their support.

Here in Sleaford and its surrounding villages, patriotic people staged their own street parties, fun days and carnival parades which, despite the cold and wet weather on Sunday, saw an impressive turn-out.

On Sunday at St Denys’ Church, Sleaford, five ringers rang 600 changes in honour of the Jubilee as the flotilla rowed and sailed down the Thames, and in the evening Jubilee beacons were lit all over the region, including ones at Scredington, Threekingham, Aslackby, Scopwick, Metheringham, Caythorpe and Fulbeck.

The village of Metheringham held a full programme of events over the weekend, as did volunteers in Fulbeck whose celebrations were spread out over Sunday and Monday and the New Life Community Centre in Sleaford held events from Friday to Monday.

Not to be outdone, family events and street parties were also organised in Sleaford, Ancaster, Heckington, Scredington, North Kyme, Greylees, Harmston and Ruskington’s Celebration Day was brought forward to Saturday to coincide with the Jubilee (see pages 18 and 19 for details).

If we were unable to come and photograph your Jubilee event, you can email photos to rachel.grafton@jpress.co.uk

n See page 3 for school Jubilee coverage and see next week’s Sleaford Standard for an eight-page Jubilee pull-out.

 
 
 

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