Somerleyton celebrates the Queen's Golden Jubilee


On Sunday the 2nd June a group service was held in St. Mary’s church, Somerleyton, to celebrate 50 years of Her Majesty’s reign. The coronation was remembered, and emphasis was laid on the community on which we live, and the need for service, and we were reminded of a jubilee celebration in the bible in which slaves were freed and debts were forgiven.

On Monday 3rd June at 3.30pm, the party began. The Parish Council and Jacquie Searby organised a superb afternoon. There were races for the children, a superb meal had been laid in the Village Hall, there was tea, coffee, and squash free in a garage, and beer and wine and soft drinks in another garage. There were interesting quizzes in the village hall and some royal and local memorabilia. On the wonderful large screen those who wished could watch football or later on the Palace Pop Concert. Lady Somerleyton and her daughter had the difficult job of judging the Fancy Dress entries.

A local country dance band Thistle Dubh struck up and the dancing began, with a very patient caller organising young and old into coherent dances!

Those not old enough to dance had great fun with straw bales. The whole scene will also be seen some time in the autumn on television, as a film crew was there as well. The evening ended finally with the glorious laser and fireworks on the big screen.
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