WINSTER Jubilee Street Party and Celebrations

The cold and rain did not dampen or deter the spirits of over 200 Winster residents who celebrated The Queen’s Jubilee Day in style. Brightly decorated, the trestle tables laden with food and drink, stretched the length of Main Street in the centre of this historic village.

Partygoers were entertained with many musical acts including the Winster Morris Dancers, The Garden Singers, The Ukulele Ladies and a thrilling dramatic enactment of the deadly Brittlebank duel which took place in Winster in 1821 with an ensuing manhunt that gripped the nation.

A lifelike model of The Queen sat on the rear seat of Richard Usher’s rare and beautifully preserved 1959 Austin Princess Vanden-Plas giving another “royal buzz” and photo opportunity. The Party culminated with regal procession of The Carnival Queen Kitty Lee attended by “The Queen “ on horseback and then the ceremonial cutting of a giant crown-shaped Jubilee cake, made by villagers Carl and Janice Ashin.

Kerry McClay, who organised the event, said” After the 2 years of Covid it was wonderful that the Jubilee party had given the village something to celebrate and bring everyone together. So many people had contributed to make the day a great success and everyone was determined not to let the rain spoil a day to remember”.

David Heugh