Egremont Community Celebrate Queen’s 90th

Words and photos by Colin Cartmell-Browne

From left to right: Geoffrey Hetherington (local resident) Robert Mason (Warden Emeritus) and Richard Lee (High Sheriff) prepared for a day of birthday celebrations

From left to right: Geoffrey Hetherington (local resident) Robert Mason (Warden Emeritus) and Richard Lee (High Sheriff) prepared for a day of birthday celebrations

On the Queen’s official birthday, Saturday June 11, St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church in Egremont played host to a birthday celebration for Her Majesty the Queen.

Although the day started a little dull and overcast those involved in organising the party seemed optimistic that the weather would hold off and it certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. And they were right.

First up was a summer fayre which included two tombolas , a cake stall, fair trade stall and other items for sale all within the church hall.

A huge crowd pleaser was the tea room where the very friendly ladies behind the counter kept the masses suitable fed and watered.

Having a laugh: the hard working ladies in the kitchen. From left to right Lyn Trotter, Eileen Richardson and Ella Southern

Having a laugh: the hard working ladies in the kitchen. From left to right Lyn Trotter, Eileen Richardson and Ella Southern

The members of the community were friendly and welcoming to all who attended – it was truly enjoyable moment for all.

The main event kicked off at 12 with a Peel of the Church bells and playing of the National Anthem by members of Egremont Town Band.  A minor hiccup with the timing between the peel of the bells and the start of the band playing was laughed off as just one of those things, and that pretty much set the tone of the day. Nice, friendly and relaxed.

 

Throughout the remainder of the day where various other entertainments including representatives of the Belfagan Women’s Morris Dancers. The county’s own High Sheriff, Richard Lee, joined in the fun and took part in the morris dancing along with other members of the community.

Helen Taylor and Christine Hunter from Belfagan Women Morris Dancers

Helen Taylor and Christine Hunter from Belfagan Women Morris Dancers

 

Later on the Tantony Bell ringers entertained with their hand bell ringing.  They played several tunes including a medley representing travelling around the world.

There  were plenty of things to keep both the young and young at heart entertained including a dressing up race. and various games and activities. The dressing up race had to be seen to be believed with participants wearing royal masks while dressing up in a variety of odd sized clothes.

One particular popular stall was the smash the crockery. Even though one or two items might have looked more at home on Bargain Hunt rather than being destined for destruction in the name of entertainment it was all about the fun.

The day ended with another round of music from Egremont Town band, this time up to nearly full compliment with a few members of Whitehaven Town band thrown in for good measure. They played a selection of songs including a ‘I will follow him’ and a medley called 1914 which included ‘Pack up your troubles’ and other wartime favourites with more audience participation.

Egremont Town Band with members of Whitehaven Band in support

Egremont Town Band with members of Whitehaven Band in support

The whole day was really enjoyable with plenty of community spirit evident. Everyone seemed to be having a good time in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  True Cumbrian hospitality on display. A pretty good way to spend a birthday, even if Her Majesty couldn’t turn up in person.

Other photos of the day:

Pheobe, and mum, cheer on Dad in the band

Pheobe, and mum, cheer on Dad in the band

Cheering on Dad (and Grandad) : Isobel Humphries

Cheering on Dad (and Grandad) : Isobel Humphries

Enjoying a cuppa: From left to right: Sheila Farrar, Eileen McGinnis, Maureen Thornton, Leticia Bates and Frederick McGinnis.

Enjoying a cuppa: From left to right: Sheila Farrar, Eileen McGinnis, Maureen Thornton, Leticia Bates and Frederick McGinnis.

From left to right: Stuart Humphries, Geraldine Ivison and Philip Humphries of Egremont Town Band

From left to right: Stuart Humphries, Geraldine Ivison and Philip Humphries of Egremont Town Band

Arthur Weir of Egremont Town Band

Arthur Weir of Egremont Town Band

One of the more quiet games- Annabelle Brett and Tim Taylor, Associate Priest, enjoy a quiet game of chess

One of the more quiet games- Annabelle Brett and Tim Taylor, Associate Priest, enjoy a quiet game of chess

Joseph Dixon (aged 6) and his sister Eva (3) enjoying lunch

Joseph Dixon (aged 6) and his sister Eva (3) enjoying lunch

Doctor Megan Taylor, accompanying the Belfgan Morris dancers on violin.

Recently qualified Doctor Megan Taylor, accompanying the Belfgan Morris dancers on violin.

Audience participation: Joining in with Egremont Town Band are, from left to right, James McKerne (age 5)  Isabella McKerne (age 2) and Eva Dixon aged 3)

Audience participation: Joining in with Egremont Town Band are, from left to right, James McKerne (age 5) Isabella McKerne (age 2) and Eva Dixon aged 3)

Face painting by Sister Kathleen Cake  and Jake Burgess

Face painting by Sister Kathleen Cake and Jake Burgess

Jake Burgess with his painted patriotic face

Jake Burgess with his painted patriotic face

The Tantony Ringers

The Tantony Ringers

The dressing up race

The dressing up race

Mystery participant in the fancy dress race

Mystery participant in the fancy dress race

Deb Lee  (left) and Jake Burgess (right) hard at work on the tombola.

Deb Lee (left) and Jake Burgess (right) hard at work on the tombola.

Audience participation- Helen Taylor and Christine Hunter lead Richard Lee and others in a Morris Dance

Audience participation- Helen Taylor and Christine Hunter lead Richard Lee and others in a Morris Dance