** ILCHESTER CELEBRATES THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE **

On Sunday 5th June Ilchester had a fabulous day celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. After a very stormy Saturday night, the Ilchester Sports field Volunteers braved an early start and went ahead with the weekly Car Boot Sale.

Following the car boot, the Ilchester Town Trust started the official Jubilee celebrations by planting an English Oak Tree on the sports field to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Ceremony was attended by representatives of the sports field volunteers and Ilchester Town Trust Trustees, Parish Councillor Steven Marsh, Ann Faulkner, wife of Rev. Bruce Faulkner, previous members of Ilchester Town Trust and Mr Gerry Masters and his family. Chairman Graham Mottram invited Mr Gerry Masters to plant the Oak Tree. Mr Masters was the Chairman of the Trust when the sports field was purchased and the Pavilion was built. After a swift glass of something sparkling and a jubilee cupcake, there was just enough time to decant to the Town Hall where the Ilchester street party was just getting started.

A great time was had by all at the street party, with a range of fun things to do for both children and adults. Commemorative coins were given to the children of the village, a drawing competition was held, and a throne was available for a royal photo shoot. There were craft stalls, skittles, bouncy castle, archery, ice cream, tea, coffee and cake, plus a DJ and singers performing throughout the day. It was a spectacular event and everyone had a fantastic time!

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