North Norfolk Diamond Jubilee round-up
PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 June 2012
© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012
North Norfolk saluted 60 years of the Queen’s reign with a typically English weekend of celebrations.
Across the district people baked cakes, draped bunting and flags around their streets, sailed boats, feted their own community kings and queens, donned fancy dress, raised a glass and partied - in a mixture of sunshine and showers.
Organisers unlucky enough to have chosen Sunday as their big day, found themselves reaching for their Plan Bs, as day-long rain washed away outdoor events, such as Sheringham’s Big Picnic, or drove them into “village hall if wet” contingencies.
Other days were better and saw communities large and small gathering in streets, and on playing fields united in a wish to mark the monarch’s long and steadfast service as the nation’s figurehead.
Tables covered in red white and blue tablecloths and party plates were laden with savouries and sweets in towns and villages.
Cromer held family games and parties in its park and on its pier, while honouring the 60 years service of one of its own - veteran councillor Vera Woodcock.
Sheringham bounced back from its wash-out to host town centre fun, and even saw its lampposts decorated by crowns added by mystery knitters.
At North Walsham, diamond anniversary couple Denis and Barbara Payne were honoured as the town’s king and queen for a day, while beefeaters danced in Aylsham Market Place.
At Stalham a married couple painted union flags on their faces, and Holt young and older enjoyed a cake-laden street party.
The genteel boating community of Blakeney let its hair down by creating its own jubilee water pageant, and Aylmerton proudly lit Norfolk’s highest beacon during the fiery finale to a once-in-a-lifetime weekend.
Through the pages of this week’s News newspaper we have tried to reflect the jubilee celebrations in your area, so buy a copy for a round up of local events.
If we have missed your celebrations, please email us pictures and words for a “mop up” in next week’s edition.
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