Living in a relatively small village, the build up to the jubilee weekend seemed very child focused, but I’m glad to say that when it came around I was proven wrong. There were a number of community events happening, in this and the surrounding villages and a big do at the village hall which is shared by all of them.
The weekend started off on the Saturday (well, I should say the events, not the weekend as such)a pub had an alternative event with reggae bands playing in a marquee outside and a Caribbean barbecue, me and the wife tried different things and both were really good. We saw two bands playing, but then at around 6-7pm the clouds rolled in and the rain started, so the whole thing moved inside. Because of the number of people who were there the pub was packed, so unfortunately there simply wasn’t the space for the last couple of bands to set everything up, so they had a sound system instead which had everybody jumping around, we left at midnight and the music was still playing.
Sunday was a fete type of event on the village green, a bit more sedate than the day before, but that suited me fine due to feeling a little fragile from the copious amounts of beer I had drunk the day before. This was a propper community event with a tea tent, the local pub running a bar and games for the kids. It did rain a bit on and off through the day, but luckily not for long so we all ducked inside the tents when it did. Then a lot of people migrated up to the pub at about 6pm when it all finished up in the field.
Monday was just an evening event with a live band and food in the village hall, loads of people there and lots of people dancing too which was good to see. It was a real mix of people too, from families with small kids who obviously had to leave a bit earlier to get them off to bed, right through to the oldies, who, now I come to think about it, also left early to go to bed lol! There were quite a few faces there which I recognised but had never spoken to, so it was good to meet a few new people.
There was another party in a village down the road on Tuesday, but to be honest I had overdone it a bit over the three previous days, so decided to give it a miss, again there was music, food and kids games and I was told that it was good too, but I really couldn’t face it myself.
I watched a bit of the concert which had been put on too, loads of famous pop stars and very well organised, I can imagine that the sound quality would have been really good if you were actually there too although I expect a little quiet.
So, it was good to see that the jubilee not only gave us a nice long four day weekend, but also did bring the communities together. I for one met a few new people because of it and saw a couple of new bands to boot. I suppose she’s not a bad old stick really.