Thousands of picnic-goers raised a glass to the Queen at Gostrey Meadow in Farnham on Sunday – as the town joined in with the national ‘Big Lunch’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
A spattering of rain didn’t detract from the celebratory atmosphere as loyal subjects of all ages were entertained throughout the afternoon by live music on the big stage as well as scoffing delicious cakes from The Spire Church’s charity cake stall.
Farnham’s ‘right royal knees up’ was organised by Farnham Town Council, and began with a patriotic speech by the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, who commended the Queen for “showing true leadership” and paid tribute to her “lifetime of service and selflessness, dedication and commitment”. The mayor warmly welcomed the “big lunchers” to the celebration.
Patrons of the event brought lunch, picnics and afternoon tea to enjoy while listening to live music by the Ultimate Party Band, Vic Cracknell Swing Band, Eclectica and Omiros Duo.
The bustling tables were decked in red, white and blue tablecloths and were cleverly arranged in a Union Jack flag pattern. Activities included pop-up crafts at the Farnham Council Town gazebo where people could make their own Jubilee flags to memorialise the occasion. The Spire Church tea tent was popular with the crowd, selling delicious cakes to the attendees.
The talented children from Farnham Taiko Club entertained the crowd with a highly dynamic and energetic drum performance, which brought a sprinkling of Japanese culture to the event.
Overall, it was described by the mayor as a “fantastic day” where people came together in the heart of the town to “show appreciation of our remarkable queen”.
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