My Jubilee jaunt through the Dales by Mercury reporter Christina Massey

Judith Twigg receives a bouquet of flowers from 6-year-old Grace Harpur
Judith Twigg receives a bouquet of flowers from 6-year-old Grace Harpur

Dark skies hanging overhead, I set out on my Jubilee journey.

In the spirit of the occasion, owners Mel and Chris Richardson had opened up their function room for the soggy party–goers, which was filled with food, laughter and children with painted faces.

Youngsters from Matlock Bath with their flotilla

Youngsters from Matlock Bath with their flotilla

Outside the youngsters from Holy Trinity Primary School were displaying the flotilla they had made out of wheelbarrows, which were adorned with brightly coloured pictures of the Queen and the Union Jack. The fun day organised by Bakewell Town Council had moved into the marquee put up on the Recreation Ground when I arrived.

Following a service by The Christian Communities of Bakewell, Cllr Judith Twigg opened the party.

Cromford was the next stop on my Jubilee jolly, and the locals there had stepped out in their finest – dressing as kings and queens for the party on Scarthin promenade.

Celebrating Cromford had organised the event, and had managed to round up 60 Jubilee queens to take part – one for each year of Her Majesty’s reign.

Driving back to Matlock over Starkholmes I passed a party at The Duke William pub and couldn’t resist popping in to see what was going on.

Starkholmes man Pete Holland was showing off his 1966 ten seater coach, which had been used by the Queen Mother’s staff during the procession for the Silver Jubilee and even had a nifty compartment in the back for the corgis.

While there, I bumped into some members of the Fellowship of Services, a group of ex service people who meet at the pub every first Wednesday of the month.

Alan Williams, an ex grenadier guard, was there and he told me about when he worked at Buckingham Palace.

Sam Davey teaches 6-year-old Roxy Wright to spin plates

Sam Davey teaches 6-year-old Roxy Wright to spin plates

“When the Queen left on official tours and she went out in the car we had to go with the duty policeman and salute her as she went past and when she came back in,” he remembered.

Tansley was my final stop, where, despite the gloomy outlook, the village had rallied together in the Fete Field to put on a right royal knees up.

Plummeting temperatures and the threat of further rain were no match for the Tansley Jubilee spirit, as families got out their picnic blankets and settled themselves in for a good time.

Pete Holland

Pete Holland

Fellowship of the Services

Fellowship of the Services

Massey on the Move: Matlock Mercury reporter Christina Massey on the Diamond Jubilee festivities.

Massey on the Move: Matlock Mercury reporter Christina Massey on the Diamond Jubilee festivities.