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Moor Monkton Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - Posted 7th June 2012

On Monday the 4th of June 2012 the people of Moor Monkton got together to have an all day celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee with a range of events for the whole family. The day was a fantastic success and great fun was had by young and old alike.

The Treasure Hunt
The day got of to a fun start with a treasure hunt which took participants around the parish searching for clues in, among other places, churchyards, chapels and telephone boxes. The children were given the task of finding jewels which were collected and then fixed to the jubilee crown. Treasure hunters undertook the task in cars, on bikes or by foot and it proved a very sociable event as groups kept bumping into each other.

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The Picnic
The next entertainment was a picnic at Nidd Grange accompanied by the Brass Quintet "Something Else". The atmosphere was perfect as the band played some upbeat favourites and the children ran about enjoying the amusement stands dotted around the field.

Sports Day
After a short pause for digestion and the crowning of the Jubilee King, sports day began with race after race through the orchard at Nidd Grange. There was a great turn out with several heats being necessary to find a winner in some of the age groups. After the races there was the traditional tug of war competition with boys against girls and ladies against gentlemen. The sporting afternoon was rounded off with a game of kwik cricket which produced its usual display of stunning catches from the massed fielders and a one off innings of Austrian batting that proved very effective.

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Barbecue and Musical Extravaganza
The evening provided the grand finale for the day with a barbecue and musical entertainments. The food was excellent and the puddings patriotic as about 150 people gathered again at Nidd Grange. The music came from residents of Moor Monkton and began with the two young talents of Beau and Lottie Hill Smith. They were followed by The Moor Monkees, a band formed just for the occasion, who played songs from every decade of the Queen's reign.

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