I should like to thank everyone involved in making the community events over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend a success, for all their hard work in organising them.
Firstly, there was the lovely thanksgiving church service at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church on Sunday at 11am, supported by Churches Together and led by Revd Will Pearson-Gee, where I had the pleasure of doing the reading.
This was followed by Music in the Market that I opened at 1pm, and it ran until gone 10pm, despite the rain. Buckingham Acoustic Club and Buckingham Town Council (Amanda, Anita, Chris and Robin) worked together to make this a success.
Thanks also to the people who came to watch the wonderful musicians, and who danced the night away in the rain.
Then on Monday, I had the pleasure of opening the big lunch on the green outside the parish church, the meal was moved into church due to the dubious weather, and was extremely well organised. Those attending had bought tickets to enjoy either a pig roast or fish and chips. It was followed by games and entertainment for the children. Many thanks to Churches Together for organising a wonderful event and all the volunteer helpers who made this a event such a success.
In the evening together with town councillors, I lit the beacon at 10.15pm in Bourton Park, and thank those who donated wood, the town council staff for collecting it and building it with some councillors, Band Jam for providing music, and the Twinning Association for the barbecue. What a terrific beacon it was!
So congratulation to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, and thank you to all who helped make all the events such a success, and all those who participated in such a happy and memorable couple of days.
Ruth Newell, Buckingham town mayor