Long to rain over us
AFTER MANY days of fine, sunny weather, when we
wondered if this was summer, the long, additional Bank Holiday weekend in 2012 to mark the Diamond
Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II could not have been more of a contrast with dull
days, at least, or rainy weather.
At least one event was moved to an indoor
venue, while others were cancelled altogether. The one that went inside was the ambitious Sunday event
organised by Nantwich Town Council.
After a parade of civic dignitaries and
guests from the Civic Hall, followed by a service in Nantwich Parish Church, the
plan was that people who had ventured into the town centre could enjoy a picnic
on the "Church Lawns" and four hours of entertainment. While the grassed area
looks like "lawns" it is, in fact, an old cemetery where victims of the Plague
buried. But that distinction didn't matter as no one was going to unfurl a
blanket on which to enjoy picnic food. An alternative was to visit one of the
food shops open especially for the occasion.
However, the earlier acquisition of the
Civic Hall by the Town Council (from Cheshire East Council which was selling
some of its assets) was fortuitous. The local authority was able to open their
venue and all the entertainment planned for The Square, together with the
picnics, were staged in the hall.
I haven't attempted to report on all of
the Jubilee events that happened - or didn't. Just the main ones. For instance,
some streets were planning parties for the residents, but those intended to take
place on the
Sunday would have been washed out.
THE then newly-elected Mayor of Cheshire East Council
(Cllr George Walton) and the Mayoress (Mrs Veronica Walton) head the civic
party with the equally newly-elected Nantwich Town Mayor (Cllr Graham Fenton).
They are on their way to St Mary's Parish Church, just ahead, round the corner,
for a special Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend service.
After taking this picture I noticed
that the more senior people in the procession were finding the pace being set by
the cadets' band a little too brisk. I ran up to the band's commandant and
explained the position, only to be told "But we always go at this pace."
THE Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver
obtained permission to close off Welsh Row, between First Wood Street and Second
Wood Street, leaving motorists with a slight detour to by-pass the event, on
Bank Holiday Monday.
Tables were placed down the centre of the street for people
to eat food they had brought from home or had bought in nearby food
There were fairground-style games and classic cars on display.
Red Shift Radio were present to provide music.
A FIRE engine, placed at the town end of Welsh Row
(right), proved of interest to young and adults alike - if only, as far as the
youngsters were concerned, because they could put on a fire fighter's helmet
and dream of the day they could join the fire service.
AS well as staging a three-month-long exhibition
about Nantwich in the reigns of two Queens called Elizabeth, Nantwich Museum
put on related events. The first, on the Sunday, was "Merrie
Music" which featured "A Merrie Noyse" (right), a trio of musicians who play
Medieval, Tudor and 17th Century music. They are joined (picture) by a youngster
who visited the show.
Left is Buddy Holly tribute act, Graham Holly,
who had visitors singing and dancing to his music.
Merrie Noyse |
Pictures by permission of the artistes and