Rowlands Castle villagers take part in Jubilee parade

PARADE The Diamond Jubilee procession in Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121915-5460)
PARADE The Diamond Jubilee procession in Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle. Picture: Sarah Standing (121915-5460)

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CELEBRATIONS for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Rowlands Castle kicked off with a procession through the village.

Representatives from a number of local organisations dressed in fancy dress with a red, white and blue theme to take part in the parade on Saturday.

FLAGS From left, Becky Hawkins, Gemma Ashman, Julie Bennett, Sally Burt and Frances Perrott took part in the parade. (121915-5366)

FLAGS From left, Becky Hawkins, Gemma Ashman, Julie Bennett, Sally Burt and Frances Perrott took part in the parade. (121915-5366)

Walkers started at St John’s Church, on Redhill Road, and marched down to The Green, where a tea party was being held in the Queen’s honour.

Sandra Hodgetts, 69, of The Green, went to the party with her two-year-old grandson, Tommy.

She said: ‘It was wonderful, it really brought the village together.

‘Everyone wanted to get into the spirit of it straight away – we all put flags and bunting up.

‘It’s great to have something like that on your doorstep and it’s brought us all closer together.’

During the tea party Denmead Brass band staged a performance and cakes were served to the visitors.

One special guest included Patricia Rickard who was crowned Coronation Queen as a youngster, during a carnival in the village in 1953.

Pictures of Patricia’s crowning were displayed at the event, alongside other photographs depicting the history of the village.

She said: ‘It was very exciting when I was crowned and asked to trundle down the stairs in a robe. But I can hardly believe it was me now, it all seems like a dream.

‘It was a lovely day and there were so many people there. It’s nice to see they’ve kept the party tradition going.’

A number of vintage cars were also exhibited at the event.

One of the organisers, Sue Arnold, said: ‘It was fantastic.

‘There was a real celebratory atmosphere and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.’