Diamond Jubilee Celebration

The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are over for at least another 60 years.

The attendance at our event exceeded all of our expections, explaining the queues at the BBQ, Tea room and Bar. Thank you all for your patience and good humour. It was a real pleasure to be part of the event.

A big thank you goes to all of our partners in the days celebrations, in no particular order:

  • East Midlands Trains
  • Rachael Cox and ‘Charmer’ (the Pony of the ‘Pony and Trap’)
  • The Bell Ringers of St. John of Beverley Parish Church, Whatton-in-the-Vale
  • The Cotgrave detatchment of ‘A’ Company¬† – The Rifles – Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force
  • The Corps of Drums – The Robin Hood Rifles – Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force
  • 1936 Squadron –¬† Air Training Corp
  • Royal British Legion – Orston & District
  • Cranmer Pre-School
  • Whatton Toddler Group
  • The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – in particular the pilot and crew of the Avro Lancaster
  • The Head Master, Staff and Children of Archbishop Cranmer (C of E) Primary School
  • Loose Chippings
  • Ilkeston Brass
  • Tanya Pearce and of course
  • Nigel Rowe (‘MC Postie’) – who not only provided the PA Equipment, but also the Commentary throughout the ‘It’s a knockout’ event, the links throughout the afternoon, acted as MC for the evening programme, the Children’s Disco and music during the intervals.

The Event could not have taken place without the host of volunteers who helped set-up the field for the event, transported equipment to and from the fields, manned the Tea Room, BBQ and Bar throughout the day (and night) and those who turned up on tuesday morning for the ‘big clear-up’. Our sincere thanks go to all those volunteers whose contribution was central to making the event a success.

Last but not least our thanks go to the residents of Aslockton and Whatton-in-the-Vale who came to the event despite some ‘iffy’ weather, it was your attendance that makes the eight months of planning worthwhile.

The Joint Diamond Jubilee Committee started planning the event in October last year and I thank my colleagues on the Committee, Cllr Norma Broomham (Aslockton), Cllr Carole Key (Whatton-in-the-Vale), Cllr Graham Harper (Aslockton) and Cllr Graham Linney (Whatton-in-the-Vale) for their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the project.

We hope to produce an ‘Album’ of the Day and whilst Chris Berry (our ‘Official’ photographer) took over 300 photographs during the day, if you have any photographs which you think capture the ‘mood of the day’, please share them with us by e-mailing them to gregg@grredford.co.uk, if we use them in any publication we will acknowledge your copyright so please include you full name in the e-mail.

Thank you once again to all our partners, participants, volunteers and residents for making the day such a success.

Cllr Gregg Redford (Whatton-in-the-Vale)
Chairman – Joint Diamond Jubilee Committee


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