The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend

Long to rain over us

AFTER MANY days of fine, sunny weather, when we wondered if this was summer, the long, additional Bank Holiday weekend in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II could not have been more of a contrast with dull days, at least, or rainy weather.

   At least one event was moved to an indoor venue, while others were cancelled altogether. The one that went inside was the ambitious Sunday event organised by Nantwich Town Council.

   After a parade of civic dignitaries and guests from the Civic Hall, followed by a service in Nantwich Parish Church, the plan was that people who had ventured into the town centre could enjoy a picnic on the "Church Lawns" and four hours of entertainment. While the grassed area looks like "lawns" it is, in fact, an old cemetery where victims of the Plague are 


buried. But that distinction didn't matter as no one was going to unfurl a blanket on which to enjoy picnic food. An alternative was to visit one of the food shops open especially for the occasion.

   However, the earlier acquisition of the Civic Hall by the Town Council (from Cheshire East Council which was selling some of its assets) was fortuitous. The local authority was able to open their new venue and all the entertainment planned for The Square, together with the picnics, were staged in the hall.

   I haven't attempted to report on all of the Jubilee events that happened - or didn't. Just the main ones. For instance, some streets were planning parties for the residents, but those intended to take place on the Sunday would have been washed out.   









The so-called Church Lawns - possibly because that is what other churches, etc, called the area around the building - as seen from Churchyardside. It presented a forlorn picnic site as the rain fell continuously. 







THE then newly-elected Mayor of Cheshire East Council (Cllr George Walton) and the Mayoress (Mrs Veronica Walton) head the civic party with the equally newly-elected Nantwich Town Mayor (Cllr Graham Fenton). They are on their way to St Mary's Parish Church, just ahead, round the corner, for a special Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend service.


   After taking this picture I noticed that the more senior people in the procession were finding the pace being set by the cadets' band a little too brisk. I ran up to the band's commandant and explained the position, only to be told "But we always go at this pace."  

Rotary club stage a street party








THE Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver obtained permission to close off Welsh Row, between First Wood Street and Second Wood Street, leaving motorists with a slight detour to by-pass the event, on Bank Holiday Monday.

   Tables were placed down the centre of the street for people to eat food they had brought from home or had bought in nearby food establishments.

   There were fairground-style games and classic cars on display. Red Shift Radio were present to provide music. 





THE Cheshire Cat (left) and the Black Lion (right) marked one end of the closed-off section of road. No, that's not a car that has ignored the barrier - it is one of the classic cars on show




A FIRE engine, placed at the town end of Welsh Row (right), proved of interest to young and adults alike - if only, as far as the youngsters were concerned, because they could put on a fire fighter's helmet and dream of the day they could join the fire service.



Music at the Museum




AS well as staging a three-month-long exhibition about Nantwich in the reigns of two Queens called Elizabeth, Nantwich Museum put on related events. The first, on the Sunday, was "Merrie Music" which featured "A Merrie Noyse" (right), a trio of musicians who play Medieval, Tudor and 17th Century music. They are joined (picture) by a youngster who visited the show.

   Left is Buddy Holly tribute act, Graham Holly, who had visitors singing and dancing to his music.


A Merrie Noyse | Graham Holly

Pictures by permission of the artistes and Nantwich Museum  


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