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A Right Royal Knees Up - Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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queenieAs previously mentioned this past weekend saw the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2nd Accession to the throne here in the UK. This entailed a weekend of activities around the world including a weekend of events in the capital city of England - London.

 

 


This started with a family fun day on Saturday 2nd June in Hyde Park. A two-day family festival for Mum in Hyde parkthe Queen's Diamond Jubilee, featuring live music and entertainment on the main stage and in zones - including the Kids Zone, the Disney Zone, the Parade Ground (featuring the White Helmet Motorcycle Display Team) and The Commonwealth Zone  with Harambee African drummers, Maori Haka dancers and more. A wealth of Great British food was available from various outlets which included the great British pie, roasts, fish and chips, jellied eels and cream teas. All around the festival were traditional entertainers which included Pearly Kings and Queens, marching bands, men on stilts and singing tea ladies. The day culminated in a live show titled 'The Magic of Disney in Concert', with music, songs and characters from films including 'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Jungle Book', 'The Lion King' and 'Sleeping Beauty' - along with all ten Disney Princesses. The main stage also featured performances from the popular BBC television programme Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Craig Revel Horwood, along with excerpts from the musical 'War Horse'.

diamond-jubilee-thames-river-pageant-20120603-090049-166The Sunday saw the Pageant on the Thames. Over 1,000 boats took part in the pageant, including those used by the armed forces and emergency services, as well as historic boats, narrow boats and man-powered craft.

Her Majesty The Queen was aboard The Spirit of Chartwell, a traditional Royal Barge decorated in the style of a grand Pullman railway carriage. The Royal barge was directly behind all the small manfamily on barge powered, rowing boats, where it sailed down the reiver to moor up at the Royal Navys HMS President where the royal party watched the rest of the pageant go past.

Each craft was decorated with streamers and flags from many nations. The passenger boats carried up to 20,000 members of the public. The flotilla was led by a floating belfry, carrying 12 tonnes of bells, which will be chiming for the length of the route. flotillaThere were also Ten musical barges which accompanied the different sections of the flotilla, carrying a range of performers such as the Herald Fanfare Trumpeters and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - who performed "Pomp and Circumstance" as it passed the Royal party at HMS President. 

On the eastern side of Tower Bridge, ships too large to pass underneath assembled to form the Avenue of Sail. More than 60 historic and stunning boats lined the banks. One of our team, Chris (G1VDP), was in London for this great event, but sadly was unable to get close DSC 3453enough to the River to see the pageant. But this did not deter him and he was among the crowd on the approach to Tower Bridge watching the events on one of the big screens that had been erected around London for this reason. He is quoted as saying "The atmosphere was awesome, I just wish I had been able to get into London earlier to get a spot down on the Embankment. Some DSC 3432fantastic sights also and some people really had gone to town with their costumes and getting dressed up."

Monday was a little quieter during the day which allowed Chris to explore the area around Tower Bridge and the river, which included a visit to HMS Belfast which is moored up in the Pool of London and is now a museum. It also houses the GB2RN special event station, which for the weekend was on the air as GB60QE. The station manager kindly allowed Chris to operate the station DSC 3579where he made contact with GB60PH in Pontefract, operator name of Nigel. He is sure that if he had been able to get on the air for longer he could have enjoyed some nice contacts around the UK and Europe on 40M that day, and he has promised himself and the GB2RN station manager to go and have a full day operating the station for them.

 

DSC 3455He also visited Trinity House, sadly the building was closed for the public holiday, which was across the road from his hotel he stayed in. Trinity House operate and manage most of the light houses around the UK's coast, and as the group started life from one of these we feel a great affection and affiliation to this organisation.

The evening saw a special concert arranged by the BBC outside Buckingham Palace, the home of the Queen, which was screened live on TV. This was a ticket only affair in the immediate area, but it could also be seen on Big screens around the major parks in London including Hyde Park and St James' Park. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry performed including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, and from the roof of the Palace the group Madness.

Following the concert there were beacons lit across the country, ending with the last, the National Beacon, being lit by the Queen outside Buckingham Palace.

Below are a selection of photos from the events.

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CONGRATULATIONS MA'AM ON YOUR DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS FROM ALL THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF THE STRUMBLE HEAD DX & CONTEST GROUP

   
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