WATTON at STONE - QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

3rd June 2012 - A DAY TO REMEMBER - BUT VERY WET

By Terry Askew

Villagers enjoying the day - despite the weather
David Elson
Dancing in the rain
David Elson
Brave stilt-walker and friends
David Elson
Under cover attraction provided by Alan Rattue - Views of Watton past
David Elson
Watton villagers keeping up their spirits
David Elson
Fancy dress contestants
David Elson
Watton storeowner, Rik, and a young prizewinner
David Elson
Display tent
David Elson
Judging the scarecrows
David Elson
Waiting for a break in the weather
David Elson
One happy face
David Elson
Another prize winner
David Elson

As in very many villages and communities throughout the land, early in 2012 a commitee was formed in Watton at Stone so that 3rd June would be a date to remember. This committee met regularly and, gradually, a day’s celebration for the enjoyment of all was pieced together..

Looking back to Queens Victoria’s diamond jubilee, it is sad that no photographs of Watton’s celebrations appear to have survived and it was resolved that this should not happen again. Accordingly the help of David Elson, a great friend of the village, local station ticket manager, and a former professional photographer was volunteered.

The event was held on the local cricket field and, as will go down in history, the weather on that day was appalling. However, the pictures capture the mood of the people of the village, young and old, who were determined to celebrate the occasion despite the cold, heavy rain all day, and thick mud under foot. David Elson, apart from producing pictures, very kindly also produced two albums which he donated to East Hertfordshire District Council and Hertfordshire Archives respectively. A representative selection of the photographs is reproduced here.

 

 

This page was added on 27/11/2012.

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