In 2022, Her Majesty the Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
The village has celebrated previous jubilees over the years, in different ways. They provide useful landmarks of the particular times in which they happened.
An early reference is to the planting of Lime Trees to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in May 1935. They adorn the village to this day.
This practice has continued with similar plantings taking place since then.
Silver Jubilee 1977
The village celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee rather more exuberantly in 1977, in different ways, some riskier than others.
Challenge Football Match.
No record of the result seems to have survived, but these look the more likely winners.
To the Winners… the spoils?
Street parties as ever were popular.
Golden Jubilee 2002
Moving on and 2002 brought the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Entertainments still retained some of their old nature, with plenty still to see and enjoy.
Rose Queens Spanning the new Elizabethan Era.
Weaverham’s own Jubilee mugs. (On the right of course).
Weaverham History Society & Weaver Navigation Stand
Hungry as usual!
But always a serious side to mark the occasion.
By the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, things looking a little more refined?
But just as welcoming.
Street parties are still very much a feature.
Not forgetting the reason for the day.
And this is how it was reported.
To conclude, compare how a similar occasion was celebrated. These images give a flavour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and is the first material of this kind of occasion that the Society holds.
Weaverham’s offering was a little more homespun:
“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is no exception.”
Queen Elizabeth II
Postscript June 2 2022
Weaverham History Society Display – St. Mary’s Church Weaverham