Jubilee celebrated at heritage day

Marmalade sandwich, anyone? Toby (7, left) and Caleb Brown (3) sit with Paddington Bear, who was part of the display at the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum’s heritage day, which celebrated the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum jubilee. Paddington Bear was videoed having afternoon tea with the Queen as part of her jubilee celebrations in June. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

About 500 people visited the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum’s heritage day on Sunday.

This year, the theme of the day was celebrating the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum jubilee.

She became the Commonwealth’s Queen on February 6, 1952, when her father, King George VI, died.

The Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London June 2, 1953, and was the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.

Museum secretary Nancy Stronach said while the heritage day had been planned long before the Queen died, it had been a special occasion.

“It’s a real remembrance day to celebrate her life.

“Over the years she’s done so much for [all] of us.”

Items on display included the menu from the lunch which the Gore Women’s Club hosted when the Queen came to Gore in 1954.

Children’s book character Paddington Bear also featured.

During June’s jubilee celebrations in England, the Queen acted in a skit, pretending to have tea with the bear from Peru.

The video of the skit can be viewed on the internet.

Other groups to take part in the day were the Gore Vintage Car Club, Southland Shafts and Wheels and the Gore Spinners and Weavers Club.