Stanhoe residents and visitors have been celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Nic Hopkins tweeted:
Our correspondent Rosemary Brown writes:
It may have been cloudy and chilly in the wind but people turned out in droves for the Stanhoe Jubilee Lunch on Saturday 4 June 2022. And after some expert organisation behind the scenes, and on the day, everyone had a good time.
photos: Rosemary Brown and Terry Austin
The doorway to the Reading Room and the fencing along the field edge was a riot of red, white, and blue, and Union flags abounded, not only from on high but from the cupcakes made for a lunchtime treat.
Our barbecuing parishioner and his team of helpers worked tirelessly to provide delicious, succulent burgers in buns, or a vegetarian alternative, for everyone, which was much appreciated. There was a Pimms bar, and alternative drinks on tap, and ice cream too.
And the entertainment flowed seamlessly on. A fitting start was made with a choral rendering of a medley of patriotic songs which eveyone was invited to join in, and was completed with singing of the National Anthem.
This was followed by the Loyal Toast to HM the Queen with wine donated by a local vineyard, and performed by our celebrity guest Tim Bentinck.
And a competition for the best crown attracted some clever entrants, with even one seen on a miniscule dachshund.
Most entertaining was the competition for the best dog, which attracted canines large and small. Owners paraded their dogs around the ring, as at Crufts, and the judges patted the friendly dogs – but were warned off one beautiful bruiser at the end! Rosettes and goody bags were awarded.
And finally it was off to the goal posts for the children, to show off their energy and skill.
It was a credit to the organisers, and to Stanhoe village. A good time was had by all, and it was a occasion to remember for years to come.