Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee 1977
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee was celebrated in Meldreth on Tuesday 7th June 1977.
1.45pm Procession from the village hall to the stocks.
2.00pm Reverend Alan Heawood dedicated the new village sign.
2.30pm Children’s sports on the school field
3.45pm Tea for everyone in the Village Hall
followed by a Whist Drive for the 0ver 60’s
4.00pm It’s a Knock Out on the recreation ground
8.30pm Jubilee barbeque followed by dancing with a live band
Tessa Humphreys wrote the following about the day:
In spite of the weather there was an excellent turnout for our procession through the village to the stocks. Many people had dressed up and many people had decorated their bikes, trikes and pushchairs which looked very gay decked out in red, white and blue. The procession, led by a band of school children playing a variety of instruments and by a Jowett Javelin licenced in Cambridge in 1953, made its way to the stocks, where the vicar conducted a short service of dedication and unveiled the new village sign. The sign was carved locally, and has received very favourable comments to date.
After the unveiling the children had fun at their sports on the school meadow after receiving Jubilee buttons for entering a race and a rosette for gaining a place. Tea in the village hall proved very popular, everyone working flat out to serve approximately a thousand teas!
Tea was followed by a whist drive in the village hall and an It’s a Knockout competition between seven teams from the village on the recreation ground. Even the downpour towards the end of the competition did not deter the competitors who carried on to complete the course.
As the village barbeque was due to start at 8.30pm there was just enough time to rush home and tidy oneself and then get back to the recreation ground for the barbeque of chicken, sausages and salad, with dancing to a band in the village hall and to a disco in the marquee until the early hours.
The committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the day enjoyable for us all and for supporting the committee in their efforts.
The committee, which had been set up to fund-raise and organise the day, had the following members:
Alan Counsell, Mary Course, Daphne Deakin, Janet Elliott, Cecilia Gillington, Gil Graham, Audrey Hollamby, David Hollamby, Robert Hollamby, Tessa Humphreys, Basil Jacques, Carol Mead, Hazel Parker, Denis Parker, John Price, Richard Remnant, Kathleen Rogers, Bob Weir.
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