Be proud of simply fantastic occasion
WHAT an amazing time we all had as we came together to celebrate the Jubilee.
On Sunday at 10am I attended an Interdenominational Service at St Swithuns Church.
The church was full of people from all churches in the town for a civic service and thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.
The church was still full of flowers from the community display the day before and it all added to the sense of occasion.
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I had to rush off quickly to change into my dress for the Jubilee Parade; this was made for me by Cotton Club, a community group who meet at the Jubilee Centre.
It was made in a 1950s style and was in the colours of red, white and blue.
I am hoping to lend it to the town museum for a few weeks so they can put it on display. My hat and gloves were hired from Chequer Mead's costume department.
I was so excited to see so many people lining up to see the parade pass through the town, from the start at Railway Approach and continuing right through the town to East Court. There were thousands of residents waving their Union Jacks.
I was at the start of the procession, just behind our marching band; they played triumphantly and kept playing the whole way to East Court.
There were nearly 400 people joining me in the parade and it gave East Grinstead a chance to see all the charities and organisations that make us the community we are. The atmosphere was just wonderful.
There were so many helpers too - without them, the event would not have been possible. The rain held off and we all had fun together at East Court. Meridian FM were providing live coverage too.
I write this as I return home from the beacon lighting and fireworks display. The youth cadets did a magnificent job as they marched down the drive of East Court to present me with a flaming torch to light the beacon. This had to be done at the allotted time of 10.15pm. We were promised a spectacular firework display and East Grinstead was not disappointed. We saw crowds of nearly 10,000 residents.
East Grinstead can be proud of the way we celebrated Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee as a community together and my thanks to everyone who was part of this remarkable occasion and especially to those who made it happen.