Shotley and Erwarton say: 'Thank you Ma'am - for everything...'

By Derek Davis

5th Jun 2022 | Local Features

They say the sun shines on the righteous, so it was fitting after a gloomy looking morning, blues skies greeted the variety of Jubilee events going on around Shotley and Erwarton.

Youngsters enjoyed an mid-morning disco at Shotley primary school, with quite a few staying to picnic on the field, get pulled around on a mini-train, and play games.

Head teacher Rebecca Newton led the way by scoring a penalty, while boys and girls showed their skills from the spot and hitting the crossbar challenge.

Outdoor fun at Shotley primary picnic (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

A decent breeze was welcomed by the Shotley sailing Club as they took aspiring sailors out on a small yacht for taster session, protected by a safety RIB and the Suffolk Search and Rescue crews were also on hand.

The wind did not put off guitar and singer soloist Grant Durrant, who busked at the end of the pier, entertaining passers-by and the queues for the ice cream van.

The bunting bedecked Bristol Arms did a brisk trade, especially as the Jubilee hit roast was fired up add to the cracking atmosphere down the Gate.

Dressing up for the occasion in Great Harlings (Picture contributed)

Dressed up houses around the village looked fabulous, adding to the delight of families searching for the Treasure Hunt clues, with one front garden in Great Harlings going that extra yard with the Queen sitting outside, which a guardsman in close attendance.

Singer True Brit got around too, playing at The Rose, the village hall and at the Kingsland street party.

A road closure meant children and adults could enjoy mingling in their driveways and on the Green in Kingsland with picnics, barbecues a kick about and games for all ages to join in.

One of the families raisinga glass to the Queen in Kingsland (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Meanwhile, in the village hall more than 70 senior citizens enjoyed a afternoon tea and true British style, with red, while and blue outfits and hats everywhere.

Great grandfather Freddie Ransome, dressed in a Union flag suit and posed with the Queen who quietly watched proceedings in regal fashion.

Freddie Ransome's tribue to her majesty (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Shotley parish chairman Richard Wrinch presented council clerk Dina Bedwell with a bunch of flowers for her part in organising events, along with councillors including Jeanette Briscoe and Maureen Williams.

To make sure no one missed out, almost 100 boxes containing buffet platters were hand delivered to residents throughout the village, all prepared by caterer Jacqui Peck, who also fed the village hall thong.

Erwarton were not to be outdone with a community picnic in the grounds of St Mary's church, well attended by villagers.

An eight person team had managed to get the gazebo up and secured in the morning high winds, but the sun shone bright as they tucked into sandwiches, cakes and strawberries.

Organisers also had souvenir mugs to hand out to all 22 village children.

Erwarton's Gloria Coleman ready to hand out souvebie mug to village children (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Other events on the day included a pizza van at Shotley Vineyard, while the Shoreline group helps an open day at the Shotley Gate picnic area.

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Brantham Jubilee picnic


Blake Avenue Street Party

Shotley Sailing Club taster (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Families mingling at Kingsland (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Erwarton's Christine Kyle serving cake to Wendy Sadler (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Jubilee celebrations from Shotley head Rebecca Newton (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub News)

Kingsland family picnic

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