Putting the flags out for Queen

Caistor celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee back in 1897
Caistor celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee back in 1897

THIS year, as everyone knows, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated.

And here at the Rasen Mail, we want to hear your memories of previous royal celebrations. Maybe you have pictures from the Silver Jubilee in 1977?

There will be lots of people who can remember the Golden Jubilee in 2002, but perhaps not quite so many who were around to mark King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935.

Of course, the only previous Diamond Jubilee was that of Queen Victoria in 1897.

In Caistor, the Market Place lion was erected to commemorate the event, and it remains the focus for many celebrations in the town.

As reported in the Rasen Mail, plans are under way for this summer’s jubilee celebrations in Market Rasen, but this was the programme back in 1869:

1.45pm – The various bodies will assemble in the Market Place.

2pm – The assembly will be photographed by Mr J B Starbuck. Immediately afterwards the procession will be formed and will parade the town. The following will be the order of the procession: Market Rasen Town Band, Mr W King, Convenor of the Procession (mounted), the Urban District Council in two waggonettes, Friendly Societies with their banners and preceded by their officer. The various bodies will then reform and will sing the National Anthem.

4pm – Tea will be provided for school children at their respective schools. At the same time, tea will be provided for those holding tickets at the Town Hall and Temperance Hall.

5.45pm – Bicycle parade. Prizes for the best fancy dress.

6.30pm – Sports will commence in Mr Hodgson’s field, Mill Lane. There will also be dancing.

10.15pm – The Market Place will be illuminated. The bells of the Parish Church will be rung at intervals and the town band will play sections of music on the field and in the Market Place during the illuminations.

Let us have all your right royal recollections by emailing rasenmail@jpress.co.uk or give us a call on 01673 844644.

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