Village has plans to rekindle spirit of 1977 jubileeBy Jon Nurse
May 18, 2012
Businesses are uniting to recreate the buzz of 1977 and decorate Twyford for the Diamond Jubilee.
Flags and 160 metres of bunting are being organised by Twyford Village Partnership (TVP), Hare Hatch Sheeplands and Mullie Estate Agency to go on show around the village.
And Twyford’s role in the royal celebration will be extra special, as St Mary’s Church has been singled out as a host to one of 3,000 beacons being lit on Monday, June 4.
The lighting of the beacon, a searchlight illuminating the church and its tower, will be the final event in an evening of celebrations at St Mary’s.
Event organiser Paul Bromley said: “Although the event is based in the church, it is intended to be a celebration in which the entire village can take part. We see part of the church’s role as reaching out to the community and we have planned activities to appeal to all ages.”
A big screen in the church will show the Jubilee concert, with a clown and singers offering more entertainment.
“The community really got together to celebrate the Christmas tree festival in St Mary’s last year and we look forward to that happening again,” said Mr Bromley.
Twyford has a series of events planned for the jubilee weekend in June and more than 20 businesses will display decorations to make sure the village is dressed for the occasion.
Gordon Storey, of TVP business forum, said: “We are going to have a great jubilee in Twyford. The centre will be decorated just like Christmas.
“There will be lots of things happening over the jubilee weekend and the month of June. It’s going to be good fun.”
Flags will be mounted on brackets on Monday, May 28, and a new village sign will be installed at Bell Corner.
Andrea Tandy, marketing manager at Hare Hatch Sheeplands, said: “I think it’s a great idea to be decorating for the jubilee. It makes Twyford look like a vibrant village.
“TVP is an excellent organisation for getting the businesses together and organising big projects. Each shop has its own strength and they are all encouraging each other to take part.
“I remember the 1977 Silver Jubilee celebration and it was lovely with neighbours getting together.
“We want to recreate that spirit as that’s what Twyford is all about.”
The jubilee beacon chain will spread across Britain from 10pm to 10.30pm on Monday, June 4, with the Queen lighting the final beacon at Buckingham Palace.
Entry is £3 for adults and £1 for children, with all profits going to the Global Hearts for Children charity.
Tickets are available from St Mary’s church office, Brighton’s newsagents in the village centre, Hare Hatch Sheeplands or by phoning Mr Bromley on (0118) 934 0642.