Willingdon and Jevington’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

By Paul Healey

Willingdon and Jevington council held a three day event in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Beginning on Friday the First of June, they held afternoon tea at Willingdon Primary School and Trinity Church, then on Sunday 3rd June they held the Music in the Park 2012 event at Huggets Lane Recreation Ground, Willingdon, which incorporated the National Big Lunch, and finally on the bank holiday Monday they held the Grand Finale Fireworks evening and lighting of the Beacon.

Visitors on the Sunday were able to enjoy a fairground, stalls, and food and refreshments.

The programme for the day was the Chairman’s opening welcome, followed by performances from Willingdon Community School pupils, the Kingfisher Scout band, Harvey Marshall of Willingdon, and then the Wealden Brass band when the Big Lunch began at 1pm. This was a ‘Bring your own’ lunch with the option of using a mobile catering hot dog and burger can

After the lunch entertainment was provided by the Howlin Blues Live Blues Band followed by a raffle and the close of the event at 4.45pm.

Monday began at 8pm with fireworks at Willingdon Community School with a live band, hot dogs, burgers and refreshments, and a sing along to Last Night at the Proms led by Trinity Church choir.

At 10:15pm The Beacon was lit on the Downs.

Chairman Councillor John Pritchard said: “Our council is keeping up our tradition to involve the whole community in national celebrations and provide a variety packed weekend of free events. We hope residents will support us in their usual way and once again prove the community spirit is alive and well in Willingdon and Jevington. We are once again proud to be a part of the National chain of Beacons and also the National Big Lunch at 1pm on Sunday 3rd June where we will be joined by Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, Bill Shelford.”

Funds raised from Music in the Park were donated to local charities “Your Raise Me Up” in Willingdon which helps those grieving the loss of a teenage child, and to Deaf Awareness.

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