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Friday, 31 October 2014

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How you flew the red, white and blue

STREET parties, bunting, food and games have all been enjoyed by the community in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Residents from towns and villages across Copeland have taken part in a host of activities over the weekend.

While the weather may have varied, the enthusiasm did not falter, as young and old joined together for the special occasion.

The Mayor of Copeland, Peter Tyson, said: “I’m really impressed by all the events that have taken place. I didn’t realise that so many people would come together to hold street parties and community events. It shows that we are a community that cares.”

In Lamplugh, the weekend of events started with a talent contest, Lamplugh’s Got Talent, in the village hall.

Doug Parker said: “A wonderful night’s entertainment was enjoyed by all. Special mention goes to the ladies of the WI who put on a number of hilarious sketches interspersed between the competitors’ acts.”

On Saturday afternoon, a variety of activities were held at the Kirkland playground, followed by a three-course meal and music in the village hall.

Around 100 parishioners took part in a community walk from Kirkland Mission to St Michael’s church on Sunday after a finger buffet lunch in the Mission. They also enjoyed a programme of Celebration in Words and Song.

Mr Parker said: “Monday was the busiest day of the weekend, which kicked off, after bacon butties in the Village Hall, with around thirty drivers, in a spectacular range of classic vehicles, following a 40-mile run through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The most excited passenger on the run was our Mrs Dickinson, who bid for a run in a sports car at a recent auction in the Village Hall. Mrs Dickinson and her husband, the High Sheriff of Cumberland at the time of the Coronation, were guests at Westminster Abbey.

A jubilee sports day, which was organised by the Lamplugh Sports Committee, was held on the sports field, where competitors took part in a variety of races and games.

The celebrations concluded with the lighting of the Lamplugh Bonfire Beacon on Monday evening.

Mr Parker said: “Many of the events were heavily subsidised, thanks to generous donations from the Neighbourhood Forum, the Copeland Community Fund, the Lamplugh Parish Council and the contractor Banks. The organising committee is very grateful for the support it has received from these organisations and from the whole Lamplugh Community which came out in force over the weekend.”

A Songs of Praise event was held at St Nicholas Church, in Whitehaven, on Sunday.

The service was jointly led by the Rector of Whitehaven, the Rev John Bannister and Father Matthew Carney, of St Begh’s Church.

Parishioners from most of Whitehaven’s churches attended the service of thanksgiving.

The Rev John Bannister said: “It was a good turnout. It was a rousing songs of praise with some well-known hymns and thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We had Cleator Moor Brass Band playing and Whitehaven male voice choir. St Begh’s music group also composed two nice reflective pieces. The important thing from our point of view was to remember the reason for the celebration and to give the community a chance to express their feelings in terms of hymns and prayers. That was very welcomed.”

At Keekle, a host of activities took place on Monday. Bill Felstead, of the Ewe and Lamb pub at Padstow, said a car boot sale was held, followed by live music by The Open Mic Crew and a karaoke session at the pub.

He said: “The sun was shining and everyone had a really good time. It was a good community event which is what we wanted.

During the afternoon, a host of activities took place include face painting and a stall by the Women’s Institute group. Around £600 has been raised which will be donated to St Francis House (child hospice) which is in Didsbury, Stockport.

At the Calder House Hotel at Seascale, residents and visitors were also treated to an afternoon of activities on Monday.

Organiser Steven Inley said: “It went very well. It was very successful and we raised quite a lot of money for our chosen charity, Hospice at Home West Cumbria.”

During the event, the community was treated to performances from Jazz Vagabonds and Marion Finn. There was a also a selection of stalls, including crafts, bric-a-brac. A bouncy castle was provided for the children.

An art exhibition, was held in the hotel, by local resident Gareth Harrison.

Mr Inley said: “There was a mix of people at the event, we had local residents and there quite a few visitors from the camp site at Drigg.”

A total of £665 was raised for the hospice.

At Haile and Wilton Village hall on Monday, young and old met together to enjoy a day of activities. Over 100 people attended the event, which included a bring and share lunch.

The event was organised by Eva Watson-Graham and a group of volunteers.

One of the volunteers Michael Forsdyke, said: “We were blessed with some excellent weather. The events were very well supported.”

Children enjoyed a range of craft activities, there was a also a family treasure hunt and Royal quiz. Both adults and youngsters dressed up in the patriotic colours of red, white and blue, which was judged by the Rev Richard Lee, Rector of Egremont with Haile.

For Greenbank residents, what started out as a small garden party became a street party for the whole community. Residents Angela Shrubb and Sarah Alison, initially planned a small party for their friends and family. However, the plans grew to accommodate the whole community. Resident Joanne O’Fee got on board and within a two weeks, the street party for Bowness Road got underway.

Copeland Mayor, Mr Tyson officially opened the community event.

Mrs Shrubb said: “It was a great afternoon. It was nice to see all the kids smiling and enjoying themselves. Every household donated something towards the event, that’s how it should be.”

At Mirehouse, over 800 members of the community enjoyed the family fun day organised by the Labour Club.

It was officially opened by Whitehaven Rugby League Club coach Don Gailer, and his wife Gayle.

A host of activities were held including a juggler, ball drills by members of Whitehaven Rugby league and a bouncy castle. The children also enjoyed face-painting and a meet-and-greet by characters organised through Glitter Cumbria, as well as a rodeo bull and a selection of free snacks. A mix of games including the traditional egg and spoon race and sack races were on offer for both youngsters and adults to take part in.

One of the main organisers, Jennifer Ryan, said: “It was a great event. It showed real community spirit. Even some of the adults took part in the games.”

She said members of St Andrew’s Church provided tea, coffee and cakes for the community.

During the event, 60 silver and blue balloons were released to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Demonstrations took place by Whitehaven First Responders team who also held a competition for 50 youngsters. Copeland’s MP Jamie Reed also attended the event.

In Cleator Moor, around 150 residents and friends and family enjoyed the Buckle Avenue party. A committee of residents – Teresa Pilkington, Anne Dunn, Doreen Evans, Loreen Dobbin, Laura Hodgson, Tracey Meagan and Lindsey Dunn – organised the event.

Lindsey said: “Everyone had such a good day. We had a bouncy castle, gladiator dual, egg and spoon race and tug of war, it was brilliant.”

She said the committee initially invited residents and their friends and family. A cold buffet and barbecue was held for residents to enjoy.

She added that some of the older residents, who were not able to attend, were given food.

A PARTY was held on Inkerman Terrace for nearby residents.

It was jointly organised by Sharon Sheerin, Angela Parker and Dee Sheerin-Wilson.

Sharon said: “I remember taking part in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and I wanted to give kids here a great experience of the Diamond Jubilee.”

Around 100 residents from Inkerman Terrace and Hamilton Terrace joined in the celebration, which featured a buffet and a selection of activities for the youngsters including a trampoline, bouncy castle and face painting.

Sharon added that as a number of American families joined in the celebrations. American flags were flown to promote the historical connections with the town. At the end of the day, every child was given a goody bag which included a commemorative Jubilee medal.

Sharon says she would like to thank everyone involved in helping with the event, including Wils Hambling butchers which provided the meat, as well as local supermarkets which provided other treats for the goody bags.

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