ALFORD’S ‘amazing’ Diamond Jubilee festivities proved so successful that organisers have decided to create an annual event for the community to celebrate year after year.
The main celebrations took place in the market place on Monday with a series of street parties, entertainment and competitions for all ages to enjoy.
Coun Alan Whitcombe, who was involved in organising the celebrations with Alford Events Committee, was overjoyed to see the community united during the festivities.
“It was an amazing day - the best I’ve seen of Alford in the seven years I’ve been here,” he said.
“It was pure joy, everyone was enjoying themselves and there wasn’t an ounce of trouble.”
The town’s youngsters were the first to get into the party spirit when more than 250 turned out in fancy dress for a Jubilee lunch with entertainment and competition giveaways.
At 4pm the adults joined in the fun with a street party of their own featuring four talented local bands who had the audience singing, dancing and clapping throughout.
Then at 10.15pm the symbolic culmination of the festivities took place when the beacon was lit on the top of St Wilfrid’s Church, uniting the local community with the entire nation in a patriotic moment of pride and joy.
The event’s organisers have thanked Fairburn Poultry Farm for providing the stage, Alford Pottery and the Co-operative for donating to the event and Angeline’s Patisserie and Talking Heads for their involvement.
Spurred on by the event’s success, organisers now hope to create an annual event for the community to enjoy each year on the August Bank Holiday hoped to begin in 2013.
Meanwhile, at Alford Manor House, the town’s annual craft market had taken on a patriotic theme in honour of the Queen’s momentous achievement.
Three days of displays, exhibitions and practical workshops were enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.
Organiser Kathryn Snookes said: “It was fantastic - there was a great feeling of togetherness, patriotism and a really positive atmosphere.”
Highlights of the event included a vast array of lavish floral arrangements which brought wonderful coloura and aromas to the event and an enthralling pottery throwing display on the front lawn.
Organisers would like to thank their sponsors - the Rural Development Programme for England.