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Saturday 26 Jun 1897 – Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Badsey

Category Badsey and Aldington
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There was a procession of the villagers of Badsey and Aldington, together with school children, choir and Aldington Band, at 12.45 from the old school to Mr Sadler’s field.  The Old Hundredth was sung on arrival there.  350 adults sat down to dinner in a large tent at one o’clock.  Mr Sladden presided, and he was supported by the Vicar, Mr A H Savory, etc.  Many ladies were also present.  After dinner the Chairman proposed the Queen’s health, which was drunk with most loyal enthusiasm, the whole company rising and joining in the National Anthem.  An excellent programme of sports was provided, an attractive lot of prizes being exhibited on a table in the field.  Tea for children and those under 16 years of age was served at four o’clock, each child (over 300) being presented with a Jubilee mug as a souvenir of the occasion.  Upon the conclusion of the sports at 7.30 pm, the prizes were presented by Mrs Sladden.  Dancing went on during the evening, and at dusk a fine display of fireworks was exhibited by Mr Wood.  The illumination of the church tower was much admired.  Badsey village presented a gay appearance, with numerous flags, decoration and illuminations, and the whole celebration was most successful.