Monday, 4 June 2012

Trelawnyd Carnival 2012


Yesterday was such a wash out for the carnival that my heart went out to the organisers, volunteers and participants that had worked so hard getting the whole event off the ground.
The village population must have thought the same, for at 1pm it seemed as though the whole of Trelawnyd. pulled themselves up by their bra straps and lined the streets to support the hastily rescheduled "Queen's Parade"
Now Going Gently was originally always meant to be an on line diary of our life here in Trelawnyd. so in the spirit of that wish, I won't apologies for the numerous photos of today's events
I really wanted to remember the day!
Meg and her flag cape


And so we tied small Union Jacks around the dog's necks, packed some beef sandwiches into greaseproof paper and went up to London Road to watch the events unfold
Initially we thought that we were going to be the only ones to show up, but within a few minutes, everyone seemed to turn up from our part of the village, Pig Wrestler Pat, Joanne, gentleman farmer Ralph and Louenna,The Barnsley's with a mass of flags, Della and her family from the farm down the lane..I have never seen so many people on the street in the seven years we have lived here........ and they kept on coming



The RFWF's  Son Ed, one of the organisers of the day leads the procession on his bay hunter
Show Chair Alun Hughes ( yellow jacket) with  one of the local Olympic Torch Carriers who ran his part of the relay in nearby Abergele
The "QUEEN" Beryl Evans on her trap pulled by two Shetland ponies!
Affable despot Jason with the village Children dressed as sheep! 
Health and safety reps would wet themselves at this float!



Audrey Jones, veteran of the village
A tight Corner in High Street


Beryl, Complete with Crown and red , white and blue scarf!
Waiting for the Queen to arrive!
The Red Faced Welsh Farmer (centre)
Queen Beryl, the Carnival Princess and Prince all on the throne!!!
errrhhh hum
Auntie Glad chuckling  at the whole afternoon!
Some of the Villagers
Local "squire" and Counsellor Nigel Steele Mortimer (left) presenting the awards


The Randa's
Tonight, around 10pm a Jubilee Beacon will be lit onto of the Gop above the village... one of 10,000 in the Uk. We will call up to watch.
Funny to think  that all over the country, events just like this one, are bringing communities together, in a bit of flag waving, and good humour

44 comments:

  1. Queen Beryl looked very regal. I'm so glad the weather improved enough for everyone to turn out for the parade.

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  2. My favourites are Aunty Glad (of course), and the grey Fergie (swoon).

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  3. p.s. Is Aunty Glad aware that she's an international star?

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  4. Yes
    cro.... why do you think she is chuckling!

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  5. Charming picture of Queen Beryl and her Miniature Court. I'm amazed and warmed by the whole-hearted celebration of the Queen's Jubilee. Our own President serves mostly as a target on these shores.

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  6. Hi John,thanx for sharing this...,loved all the pics and I watched the Jubilee on telly...just grand...xoxo

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  7. This is wonderful. Even better than my memories of the annual agricultural fair in Guilford, Connecticut. Much more "local," charming, and joyful... and funny. Queen Beryl is perfection and Aunty Glad always makes me smile.

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  8. What a difference a day makes eh?
    Glad it could be rescheduled for today and had a good turnout.

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  9. Spectacular! You've given me my fix. Thanks!

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  10. I watched the River Pageant yesterday on the Internet (We don't have a TV) and to be quite honest with you I felt quite detached from the celebrations. However, after seeing your photos and reading your words, I felt quite homesick for the UK, but only for a while. Funny that the Jubilee celebrations hit home to me via the simplicity of your village celebrations!

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  11. It's good to see all the happy faces - I like knowing that I can name a few, one big happy family!

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  12. I'm sooo glad you shared this with us! What a delightful scene - I would love to have been there. Those are very happy faces, for a very happy day.

    Nancy in Iowa

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  13. What fun and the more photos the better! Makes me yearn for the Midwest small town celebrations.

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  14. Small towns make BIG parades. Thanks for the pictures. I'm sure you appreciate awsome is an appropriate qualifier here.

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  15. What a wonderful place you live in John! I am so jealous of the life you live. Your village seems to be a small bit of heaven on earth. Love the photo's and the commentary of the events.

    Hugs,
    Jiller

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  16. Vera said it all.
    Jane x

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  17. Glad the weather finally turned around for you all. Quite a contrast from yesterday when we were stood under that hedge with a cup of coffee in the pouring rain and freezing cold waiting for the parade to come by! What a difference a day makes. I'm pleased for all involved. I had a great time on saturday at the carnival, especially tasting the official beer!. Thanks to you and Chris for your great hospitality and good company.

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  18. Loved it! So glad you had cooperative weather and thanks for including us!

    PS the picture of the Terriers of Trelawnyd would make a great header picture. xo

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  19. Great Post John. Love all the photos of the village getting together for this event. Well done.

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  20. Fabulous pics and nice to see everyone came out to enjoy!

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  21. God Bless Trelawnyd. They all look wonderful

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  22. I would love to have taken part in a jubilee celebration. We sought out an English pub in Florida but there were only a couple of people there despite all the decorating they had done. Aunty Glad is fabulous..

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  23. Hey! We got to see a photo of the Red Faced Welsh Farmer! :)

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  24. Aunty Glad and her scones are famous all over the world, including here in NZ. Vera said it well - I watched the River pageant on TV (I was a bit taken aback to see John Barrowman on the river - I always think of him as Captain Jack Harkness). It was an impressive spectacle but your photos and stories have much more impact and meaning.

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  25. I love this sort of thing: made by the people for the people, without too much of the corporate sponsorship business. Well done Trelawnyd.

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  26. This is what life is all about.....the community getting together to celebrate their own!
    John, this was wonderful to watch and no apologies needed for number of photos!! In that case I would be apologizing for the next ten years!! lol

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  27. I agree with Mitch. Thanks for sharing photos of a sweet, simple Welsh village in celebration of the Queen. The real thing. Just charming. Best Jubilee Post.

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  28. Loved the smile on Queen Beryl's face, she was in her element !
    Auntie Glad, what a love...did she bring scones ?
    I so miss the local street parades and parties, I'm convinced it's what got Britain through the depressing Blitz days, goodwill and friendship.
    I'm looking forward to the lighting of the beacons tonight, should be magical...
    God Bless the Queen, both of 'em ;)
    ~Jo

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  29. Pleased you got to have your bit of fun and that the weather did not spoil the day!

    Good show by all accounts!

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  30. And that my friend is the plus side of living in a small town. erm I mean village. Can I adopt Aunty Glad as my Grandma. How she reminds me of my Grandma that raised me.

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  31. Being a Red Faced Rancher myself, I liked the glimpse of the Red Faced Farmer.

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  32. What a gorgeous day to move the festivities to!
    Hope you all had a wonderful evening. Thanks so much for sharing the day with us, John!

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  33. Love the stocks next to the throne.
    There just in case they needed them, I suppose. You never know when the crowd is going to get unruly.

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  34. Glad Stew mentioned the stocks! I was pondering on their significance and wondering if they ever got used :)

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  35. Splendid eccentricity supplied direct from the Welsh Eccentricity Board!

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  36. What a splendid Royal Family. And I also noticed the stocks. Was anyone wicked enough to be placed in them?

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  37. The Trelawnyd Carnival Parade put celebrations in London into the shade - such was the pomp and ceremony, the finery and the excitement that rippled around the thronging crowds.

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  38. Bloody marvelous. What a great and happy weekend it's been

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  39. what a lovely tribute your village threw for Queen Elizabeth...of course Queen Beryl looked quite regal herself on her trap and with her "court"! how wonderful to have a big turnout for the event! enjoyed ALL the photos (especially the horses and Meg, Chris and friends and Auntie Glad)!

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  40. We had two of the carnival princesses in our car in the procession and they were so excited. We were really worried that nobody would turn up and they would be disappointed. The village did us proud - our eyes were filling up as we drove around, waving our flags out of the windows of the car, with our two princesses hanging out of the car windows (too excited to wear their seatbelts), waving wildly at everyone! A day to remember for all of us. Thank you John and all the others who came to see the procession.

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  41. I am so pleased that the weather didn't look to have dampened the spirit of your community.... how lovely and touching a celebration.... not just of the jubilee but of the heart of a close knit family you seem to have there - if I were from Essex I'd probably be well jell!

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  42. Well done Corrina driving Angus & Poppy

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  43. Just lovely.

    Mitchell is moving, we were practically neighbours at one point! I remember those fairs in Guilford--i grew up in Saybrook.

    megan

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