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Whitchurch Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee
The Jubilee festivities began on Friday night with bells and fireworks. The bells of All Hallows rang out and a firework display on the Millennium Meadow began 4 days of celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee. An excited crowd saw the display which started as darkness fell on 1st June.
London Street was closed on Saturday to make space for music and enjoyment. Unless you know differently, London Street was closed for the first time for 12 hours to allow Rockus and other onstreet activities. Rosie took the opportunity of the closure to set up stalls in the street.
Music was to the fore with live bands every hour for the 12 hours from 1pm in the Parish Hall whilst outside Rockus also organised a silent disco (only those discoing and wearing earphones could hear the music).
A fairground, again with refreshments, was set up on the Red House car park with swings, roundabouts, bouncy castle and helter skelter.
Music was also on offer at the White Hart with an open mic stage whilst Andy and Julie Moss and their team provided food and drink for those listening.
38 teams took part in the latest running of the Pubs Race. Rain overnight and earlier on Sunday threatened to spoil the day but the sun even came out occasionally as the teams made there way from the Prince regent via the Bell, The Kings Arms, the Red House and evengually to the Longmeadow Sports Club.From 5 o'clock onwards the teams were despatched by the Carnival Queen, ably assisted by the princess and attendants.
The crowds came out in hundreds in the town centre and at the pubs taking part to watch the runners en route.
All ended at the final stop for a friendly evening at Longmeadow Sports Club as the teams relaxed and compared notes.
And the results? - Whitchurch had a great day!!.