Pickering Royal Jubilee Celebrations
A selection of images from Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012
The town of Pickering was alight with fun laughter, music, games and of course the lighting of the official Royal Jubilee Beacon in the Market Place. The lighting of the beacon was significant because the Pickering Beacon was one of 4,200 flames to be lit at specific intervals from Buckingham Palace and throughout the Commonwealth. Pickering's official time was Monday 4 June 2012 - 10.20pm. Right on time William Oxley (Pickering's Mayor) stepped forward as a delighted crowd spontaneously sang out the National Anthem.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years since her accession in 1952. Royal Jubilees celebrate significant periods in monarchs’ reigns and national life. Celebrations were previously held for Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Then her Golden Jubilee in 2002, when Pickering hosted a street party (another great event) that filled the Market Place with tables filled with party food and local children adorned in red white and blue waving union flags.
This time there were opportunities for everyone in and around Pickering to come together and enjoy the community spirit with an all day party, culminating in music concert laid on by local bands that included: Jonathon Cousins, Chu Ma Shu, Rocketsmith, No Offence, Fingerprint and Smokestack Sunrise.
Images from the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Pickering 2002
Pickering's Golden Jubilee celebrations mainly consisted of a children's street party that filled Market Place from top to bottom. There were long tables topped with party food, where children sat in well arranged rows waving Union Flags, singing along to the music and enjoying a thoroughly great time as they took part in a national party to celebrate 50 years of The Queens reign.
The event began with children registering at the Memorial Hall, as Pickering attempted to enter the Guinness Book or Records for holding the largest children's street party, a little unrealistic given the size of other towns and cities taking part in this national street party theme. That said, 485 local children did register making this Pickering's biggest and best ever street party, a record that still stands.
As the Golden Jubilee party neared its end, each child was presented with an official Jubilee Medallion. Something to remind them of their part in this great occasion.
Just less than a month later - between 6 to 15th July 2002, Pickering's last Carnival was held with games, competitions parades and floats. Geoff Dunn was the event commentator, along with Pickering Mayor (2002) - local stalwart 'Natalie Warriner' who was also the main organiser. There was a great turn out and another great party atmosphere.
Pictured is the overall winning float from Wrelton, awarded the winners cup for their creation of the Royal Yacht, the winners cup can be seen held up in the centre of the picture.
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