Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Weekend 2nd to 5th June 2012
By Robert Gill
The extended weekend of 2nd to 5th June 2012 was a celebration throughout the country and the Commonwealth of 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II who became queen on 6th February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
In Welwyn Garden City many homes, shops and businesses festooned their properties with union jack flags and pictures of the Queen plus there were many street parties around the district. The weekend was marred by rain and generally cold weather conditions though this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm.
There was criticism of the lack of ‘official bunting’ around the town center, the local council expressing the view that in these difficult financial times, spending money on bunting was not a priority.
However, inconjunction with the rest of the UK and Commonwealth countries around the world, the weekend came to a conclusion with the lighting of a beacon on the Campus West balcony by Her Worship Helen Bromley, the town’s mayor.