Ballaugh Celebrates the Jubilee!
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated on the Island on Friday 6 July. In spite of the weather, the whole day was a huge success.
The Jubilee Princess procession opened the proceedings and, because of the rain, some changes to the plans had to be made. Everyone had hoped for a warm, sunny and dry day. It was not to be! Crowds gathered in the Village Hall to enjoy the fun and games, the maypole dancing, and the splendid celebration cake competition. The decorated hat competition added to the fun and there were delicious refreshments.
With his usual aplomb, Captain of the Parish, Mr Edgar Cowin, chaired the evening concert, which opened with the talented Manx Music Group from Ballaugh School, directed by Miss Caitlin Bennett. The School’s Drama Group, directed by Mrs Jan Bale, then took to the stage with an excellent adaptation of a Manx story ‘The Manx Cat and the Governor’s Lady’.
Ballaugh Brownies and Guides entertained us next with ‘A Russian Fairy Tale’. Though not intrinsically a comic tale, Elaine Fenton’s production was highly original and was greatly enjoyed by the audience.
A surprise item was magician Liam Moorhouse, whose skills and wit appealed to all ages.
A feature of the Jubilee Year was ‘Sing’, composed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Gary Barlow. Fenella Bazin conducted the newly-formed Songalong Choir, which featured some fantastic singers from Ballaugh School, with some parents as well. They made a splendid sound!
Recitation featured too. Edgar Cowin gave an amusing poem about an earlier Jubilee, and Simon Graley treated us to ‘Tales of the North’ (England, that is, not the Isle of Man!).
More youthful talent followed with Doona Lambden and Bridget Bale. Doona’s own song was a great hit with the audience. We shall look forward to hearing more!
Andrew Williamson’s solo slot opened with Gill’s arrangement of ‘I‘m happy as a king’, which was followed by Michael Head’s ‘Lone Dog’, finishing with enthusiastic audience participation in the Flanders and Swann song ‘The Hippopotamus Song’.
The evening closed with an Edwardian miscellany, a piece describing a visitor’s experiences on visiting the Island. Carl Reber’s ‘Descriptive Selection for the Piano’ begins and ends with the sea journey, and includes several popular songs of the day, including ‘Ellan Vannin’. Illustrated with slides, the audience sang lustily.
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