Northern parishes get together with a jamboree open to all

CELEBRATIONS of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be in full swing at L’Islet Common on Friday 3 June, organised jointly by the St Sampson’s and Vale douzaines.

Getting into the party spirit before the joint Vale and St Sampson’s Platinum Jubilee Jamboree are St Sampson’s douzeniers Kim Abbotts, holding cake, and Adrian Dilcock with Mrs Abbotts’ mum, Marlene Davey, and her grandson Albie De Mouilpied. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 30843153)
Getting into the party spirit before the joint Vale and St Sampson’s Platinum Jubilee Jamboree are St Sampson’s douzeniers Kim Abbotts, holding cake, and Adrian Dilcock with Mrs Abbotts’ mum, Marlene Davey, and her grandson Albie De Mouilpied. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 30843153)

The Jubilee Jamboree will run from 11am to 6pm and is open to anyone on the island.

From sand castle-making, carriage-decorating, and cake competitions, to live music and a beer tent, St Sampson’s douzenier Kim Abbotts said the event was aimed at all islanders.

‘We have tried our best to think about everything,’ she said.

‘We have been planning since last October and we wanted it to be a big event.’

A variety of free bouncy castles will be available for children, as well as face painting, charity stalls, classic cars, and a visit from the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service.

‘This is a momentous occasion,’ Mrs Abbotts said. ‘She will be the first monarch to be on the throne for 70 years and as an island we need to celebrate that.’

There will be a number of food outlets at the event, with St Mary’s Church hall open for light lunches and other refreshments, and the kiosk at the other end of the common will also be part of the celebrations.

‘There will be tables and chairs so people can bring their own picnics if they want to,’ Mrs Abbotts said. ‘We have got lots going on.’

She said the competitions were ideal for the whole family to take part in, for example the carriage competition inviting islanders to decorate anything on wheels, which could include bikes, prams, or wheelbarrows.

‘The whole family can decorate anything on wheels – we just want people to use their imagination.’

A sand castle competition will also be taking place at noon, and at 5pm God Save the Queen will be sung followed by a presentation of prizes.

At 11am, the Vale Church bell will ring for 40 minutes in commemoration of Her Majesty’s coronation.

‘I can’t wait and I’m really looking forward to it,’ Mrs Abbotts said.

The road will be closed and parking will be available in the green area opposite the exit to Earlswood.

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