Review of the Year: June
December 31, 2012
It would not be a traditional British party without the country’s typical summer weather.
But the rain failed to dampen spirits as thousands of people in Wokingham gathered in their homes, streets, parks and in town centres to celebrate the Queen Diamond Jubilee.
In Wokingham town centre, hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, June 3, to toast the Queen.
The Big Jubilee Lunch saw 250 tables set up in Peach Street and Market Place for families to enjoy a picnic or buy food from bars, cafes and restaurant offering special £5 menus.
The event, organised by Wokingham Town Council, featured the unveiling of the jubilee frieze, created by members of Wokingham Art Society and displayed at Wokingham Town Hall, in Market Place.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of a diamond pin created by Wokingham jewellers Kaanaanmaa to Wokingham Town Council.
Crowds lined the streets as soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) marched in what could be their last parade in the borough.
The Corps of REME, based at Arborfield Garrison, marched along Broad Street on Sunday, June 3, to launch the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
REME is invited to parade through the town every five years to renew the Freedom of the Borough that wasawarded in 1978. The first parade was conducted by the then School of Electronic Engineering.
This year’s parade also marked REME’s 70th anniversary. Its barracks at Arborfield Garrison is earmarked as one of four Strategic Development Locations (SDLs) across Wokingham to take 13,200 homes to be built by 2026.
A vetinary surgeon who kept animals in filthy conditions and failed to treat them properly was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to animals in June.
Awuah Ohene-Gyan was convicted of four counts at Reading Magistrates’ Court relating to three dogs and a cat treated between February and October last year when the animals were admitted to Woosehill Vets practice, in Emmview Close.
The 53-year-old was jailed for 21 weeks in July and banned from owning or keeping animals for life. He was struck off in October and banned from being a vet for life.
School leavers at Waingels College were banned from an end-of-year prom after a group of pupils went on the rampage and trashed their school.
Around 40 Year 11 pupils were told they would not be able to attend the party at Trunkwell House, Spencers Wood, in July after causing trouble at the Woodley secondary.
Teenagers assaulted other students, damaged school property, pelted eggs and flour, threw over bins and squirted ketchup in classrooms during Stand Down Day on Friday, May 11.
The day has been a regular fixture at the end of the summer term at the Denmark Avenue school where pupils can wear their own clothes or fancy dress to celebrate finishing school ahead of their GCSEs.