Hertingfordbury Parish News: July 2002

Hertingfordbury Golden Jubilee Celebrations

JUNE 2002 A GOLDEN DAY A happy and memorable day with marvellous weather, a genuine community occasion. The visiting VIPs were Hertford MP Mark Prisk and his wife, the Mayor of Hertford Alan White, the Deputy Mayor Sarah Newstead, Clir Colin Harris, and well known local author Frederick Forsyth. The MC for the afternoon and prizegiving was Hertbeat Radio's Robbie Owen, a good friend of the Parish. The Chairman of the original 1953 Hertingfordbury Parish Coronation committee, Frank Vigus opened the proceedings and cut the Jubilee cake. This was followed by the National Anthem and three cheers for the Queen, when red, white and blue balloons were released. The day started with the judging of the decorated gates and front doors with over 40 entries throughout the Parish. A small bus was organised for those wishing to see the variety of displays. There followed a Junior Football Tournament on the Recreation Ground and a Fun Run and Walk along Cole Green Way. The children of the Parish were given a Tea Party and took part in obstacle races at Birch Green Play Area. Rev'd Rosemary Caruana judged the Fancy Dress Competition. Later at Hertingfordbury Recreation Ground, winners of the various competitions were presented with prizes by Mark Prisk. The Crown competition was judged by Frederick Forsyth and he also presented the prizes. All eligible children from the Parish were presented with a commemorative china mug provided by Hertingfordbury Parish Council or Hertford Town Council dependent upon their address. A display of interesting memorabilia covering the Queen's reign was exhibited at St Mary's Church, together with the Flower arrangement competition entries. The evening commenced with a HQ and Barn Dancing to live music and the day's celebrations were rounded off with a huge bonfire and firework. The Jubilee Committee, which started planning this event in January, was most appreciative of the support from local businesses and private donations, and delighted by the marvellous response from the local community.

Please note: Although the Hertingfordbury Parish News is produced by St. Mary's PCC, the opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the PCC.

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