Jubilee jubilations all round

York Press: Heworth Hall Drive, Heworth, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee Heworth Hall Drive, Heworth, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee

WHAT a weekend it was – from drenched opera singers belting out Land of Hope and Glory as they sailed under Tower Bridge to private parties in back gardens, the people of Britain made the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee their own.

Communities across York, North and East Yorkshire came together, some for the first time, for street parties, flower and scarecrow festivals, concerts, fancy dress and other parades, beacon lighting and the creation of permanent souvenirs such as tree planting at Sutton-upon-Derwent, a special Jubilee garden thanks to Brownies in Poppleton and a cookbook, thanks to Copmanthorpe WI.

“It’s nice to be patriotic once in a while – it’s great,” said Fly Bradbury, of Skelton, who attended a university celebration on one day and his village’s celebration the next.

The Queen took to the water along with 1,000 boats of all shapes and sizes for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. East Riding of Yorkshire Young Farmers took to the country roads on tractors.

The Battle of Britain Flight, in a very busy four days that included the official Diamond Jubilee flying display over Buckingham Palace, managed to fit in two flypasts at York – one over the National Railway Museum and one over the Yorkshire Air Museum.

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The only shadow was Prince Philip’s illness and the Queen appeared to be determined that should not stop the celebrations.

On these pages we show how York, North and East Yorkshire marked the Diamond Jubilee celebrations that culminated in a traditional British procession and thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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2:18pm Wed 6 Jun 12

stevep6 says...

Indeed a wonderful weekend - shame York council could not be bothered to enter into the celebrations:

- where were was the bunting in the city centre?
- where was the publicised beacon in St Helen's Square?
- why was there not a weekend of celebrations scheduled akin to the Food and Drink Festival?

For a city that trades on tourism and its royal heritage, whether it be King's being crowned here, the Queen visiting for Maundy Thursday, having our very own Duke (of York), or having an archbishop second only to Canterbury in the hierarchy of the church for whom the Queen is head, many would look to York to be a focal point for jubilee celebrations in the north of England.

Nothing happened. I would challenge anyone coming into York over the weekend to know it was any different to any other weekend.

This was a celebration that has only ever happened once before in this country's history and unlikely to happen again for many generations to come.

I despair at the continuing lack of pride taken by the council in this fine city.
Indeed a wonderful weekend - shame York council could not be bothered to enter into the celebrations: - where were was the bunting in the city centre? - where was the publicised beacon in St Helen's Square? - why was there not a weekend of celebrations scheduled akin to the Food and Drink Festival? For a city that trades on tourism and its royal heritage, whether it be King's being crowned here, the Queen visiting for Maundy Thursday, having our very own Duke (of York), or having an archbishop second only to Canterbury in the hierarchy of the church for whom the Queen is head, many would look to York to be a focal point for jubilee celebrations in the north of England. Nothing happened. I would challenge anyone coming into York over the weekend to know it was any different to any other weekend. This was a celebration that has only ever happened once before in this country's history and unlikely to happen again for many generations to come. I despair at the continuing lack of pride taken by the council in this fine city. stevep6

10:44pm Tue 12 Jun 12

MouseHouse says...

Why should the council pay up to mark sixty years of Mrs Windsor 'reigning over us'. Well done all those who ignored this royalist nonsense.
Why should the council pay up to mark sixty years of Mrs Windsor 'reigning over us'. Well done all those who ignored this royalist nonsense. MouseHouse

12:57pm Wed 13 Jun 12

stevep6 says...

MouseHouse wrote:
Why should the council pay up to mark sixty years of Mrs Windsor 'reigning over us'. Well done all those who ignored this royalist nonsense.
Well for starters they host York Minster (based for Archbishop of York), they welcomed the Queen for the Maundy celebrations - both of which bring in loads of tourists and their money.

Commemorating would have brought in tourists and much needed money to the region.

And anyway, did you put yourself where your mouth is and not take off the extra days bank holiday that commemerated the jubilee? Didn't think so - such hypocricy.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: Why should the council pay up to mark sixty years of Mrs Windsor 'reigning over us'. Well done all those who ignored this royalist nonsense.[/p][/quote]Well for starters they host York Minster (based for Archbishop of York), they welcomed the Queen for the Maundy celebrations - both of which bring in loads of tourists and their money. Commemorating would have brought in tourists and much needed money to the region. And anyway, did you put yourself where your mouth is and not take off the extra days bank holiday that commemerated the jubilee? Didn't think so - such hypocricy. stevep6

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