Saturday 16th June 2012



A lot of hard work by a lot of people resulted in a very special weekend, launched on the Friday evening by a service of thanksgiving at St Winnow and culminating in a really spectacular firework display on Tuesday night.

The magnificent ‘Jubilee Arch’ erected on the green withstood wind and weather (quite a lot of each!) to provide a perfect frame on Saturday for the crowning of Jubilee Queen Lauren James and her consort Aiden Hawken, aided by Bernard as MC.  Other celebrities present included Fairy Princess  Tillunah-Belle Waters and attendants Jowan Clark, Lowenna Clark, Hannah Lee, Kellen Pearce, Matthew Rouncevell and Lauren Venning. The procession went round the village on their decorated floats, accompanied by people in an interesting range of fancy dress outfits.  The Queen and all her attendants looked lovely, and if the royal family ever find themselves in need of an understudy, Aiden does a very good wave. Prizes were awarded to: Under the Sea (Fowey) for best group;  A Pirate and her Parrot (Lerryn) for best adult; Olivia Waters as Snow White for the children’s class.

Sunday afternoon saw the Memorial Hall packed with people who came together to watch the flotilla on the Thames while enjoying a very posh tea served by exceptionally grand waiters and waitresses.

On Monday lunchtime Bernie was stationed on the Lime Kiln balcony to take a photograph of the parish residents gathered on the foreshore. After that it was the children’s day, when 82 children from both parishes had fun with Zig Zag, an entertainer, followed by a tea party in the hall.  Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners of St Veep and St Winnow, all the children from Lerryn School and Lerryn Mother and Toddler Group received a jubilee mug featuring a winning design by Josh Franklin. The hall was open again that evening to show the Jubilee concert on the big screen. Those who attended had a very good time, though some people were flagging by then!

Tuesday was the grand finale, and the morning’s heavy rain cleared most obligingly in time for the wonderfully decorated fleet of 31 boats to assemble for review by the Jubilee Queen, her consort and attendants before processing to Brockles Quay and returning for a picnic on the green.  In addition to hundreds of flags, the boat decorations included a massive crown, several waving queenly figures and an impressive amount of gold braid on the interestingly named New Royal Yacht Austerity. The prize for the best decorated boat went to Bob Johns from Ethy.


After that came the fireworks – a memorable display staged by Tom Bricknell from Celebration Pyrotechnics, and a fitting end to a very satisfying few days. Everybody left with a smile.


Many congratulations and thanks to Flynn and the Jubilee Committee for all their hard work.



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