Village pageant to mark 60 years

Coronation Pageant
Coronation Pageant

communities in three local villages are gearing up for a pageant of a lifetime to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Collingham, Harewood and Linton are organising an event that will tell the history of the area over the six decades of the Queen’s reign.

A spokesman for the celebrations said: “It all started when the Parish Council asked local music teachers, Diana Lee and Katherine Southby to do something for the Diamond Jubilee.

“As soon as discussions started it was obvious that there was huge community enthusiasm for this event.”

The story of life in the area through those 60 years will be told through music, dance and narrative drama.

And projection of old photographs and film will accompany the performance.

Calendar news reader, Duncan Wood, will present and narrate all three performances of the pageant.

The spokesman added: “The Guides and schoolchildren have met up with older people to find out what life was like before they were born.

“Memory Mornings have been held in Collingham Scout Hut where residents have been encouraged to come and share their memories over a cup of coffee and very lively events these have proved to be.

“Old photographs have been collected and old maps reminisced over.”

These memories will form the narrative of the pageant while the photographs and archive footage will be shown as the story unfolds.

And a brochure containing the local history will be available to buy next month.

“Over 300 people, aged from three to 90 years, have joined together through Collingham Band, the Community Choirs, the schools and pre-schools to work together to make this event a success,” added the spokesman.

The Pageant will be a party in the park with professional staging and lighting at land between Harewood Road and Mill Beck, Collingham.

Picolino’s Italian Restaurant is putting on a pre pageant meal on Friday and Saturday.

Collingham Real Ale Beer Festival will run throughout the weekend at the pageant site adjacent to Collingham and Linton Sports Association.

Also, St Oswald’s Church will serve a Big Lunch between the Saturday matinee and evening performances and The Half Moon will host a party on the Saturday evening.

Tickets (adult £5) email diana.r.lee@btconnect.com, or ksouthby@hotmail.com.