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Wet weather doesn't spoil Crowland's Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch



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Crowland's Big Lunch event was cheekily branded 'Glastonbury without the mud' - as wet weather failed to dampen the Platinum Jubilee spirits.

North Street was closed off to play host to today's event - which featured music from the Lovettes, children's entertainment from Dave the Clown and a visit from Louise Holland's alpacas.

Crowds embraced the British tradition of braving gloomy skies and rain to keep up the town's tradition of a jubilee street party in the location.

Darcie Buckberry and mum Leanne feed Casper the alpaca as Louise Holland, of Flatlands Alpacas watches on (57100412)
Darcie Buckberry and mum Leanne feed Casper the alpaca as Louise Holland, of Flatlands Alpacas watches on (57100412)

Annette Williams, one of the organisers, said: "It's traditional for Crowland to have a street party - and we have the Christmas lights here too.

"It helps some of the businesses in the town too - rather than taking people away to Snowden Field.

"It's good to see people turn out."

Coun Bryan Alcock with Crowland parish councillor Annette Williams, who help to organise the Big Lunch event (57100415)
Coun Bryan Alcock with Crowland parish councillor Annette Williams, who help to organise the Big Lunch event (57100415)

The George and Angel, Copper Kettle and Crowland Butchers were all on hand for food and drink.

The event marked the end of Crowland's four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which began with a spectacular lantern parade on Thursday.

Phillip Green, who also helped to organise the event, said: "We are in the lap of the gods. I keep saying it's like Glastonbury without the mud."

The Lovettes kept the crowd entertained (57100424)
The Lovettes kept the crowd entertained (57100424)

He added: "Considering the weather, it's a good turnout - a couple of hundred at least. It's a nice way to round the weekend off."

A full guide to what's on in our area for the Platinum Jubilee can be found here.

Isabella Hicks and Rex (3) get into the jubilee spirit (57100421)
Isabella Hicks and Rex (3) get into the jubilee spirit (57100421)
North Street in Crowland was closed off for the Big Lunch event in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (57100403)
North Street in Crowland was closed off for the Big Lunch event in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (57100403)
Abbeygate Rest Home resident Margaret Threadgill came out to enjoy the event - with help from Jessica Smith (57100468)
Abbeygate Rest Home resident Margaret Threadgill came out to enjoy the event - with help from Jessica Smith (57100468)
Dave the Clown kept children entertained with balloon models (57100418)
Dave the Clown kept children entertained with balloon models (57100418)
Louise Holland, of Flatlands Alpacas, with Casper (57100409)
Louise Holland, of Flatlands Alpacas, with Casper (57100409)
Crowland Butchers kept everyone well fed (57100465)
Crowland Butchers kept everyone well fed (57100465)
The Copper Kettle was decked out and ready to welcome visitors (57100406)
The Copper Kettle was decked out and ready to welcome visitors (57100406)


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