Programme lifts lid on village’s Coronation Day

Robertsbridge Coronation Programme.
Robertsbridge Coronation Programme.

AS Robertsbridge prepares for its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a programme has emerged which shows how the village marked the Coronation in 1952.

The document, which is owned by a Robertsbridge resident, features a list of all the activities for the day, including a procession of decorated vehicles, children’s races, an evening dance and races and activities for the adults.

The highlight of the day was the centralised viewing of the Coronation itself at the Institute Hall, courtesy of The Rother Radio and Electrical Co.

Organisers of the Jubilee event, the Robertsbridge Summer Events Committee, hope to recreate some of that community spirit as villagers gather for the Jubilympics event on Monday.

And although the quaint ‘100 Yards Gentleman and Lady Hand in Hand Race’ may be missing from the line up, there is still a packed programme of events to enjoy.

The free event, which will celebrate both the Jubilee and the Olympic Games, will begin with a procession down the High Street, which will be decorated for the occasion.

On the Olympic theme, Sedan Chair Race teams of five select a country they will represent and race their appropriately designed and built chairs.

Other games more obviously based on Olympic sports will continue throughout the afternoon.

Including cycling, all events have a twist to make them fun for all ages, with medals awarded at the end.

There will be stalls, a Pimm’s tent, live music in the evening and visitors are invited to bring a picnic and celebrate their own medal wins and the Jubilee with friends and family.

Mountfield resident Steve Hollamby has written two fanfares especially for the Jubilympics event.

Steve studied trumpet, piano and composition at the Royal College of Music.

He writes, arranges and plays for Jubilate Brass who are resident in Canterbury Cathedral playing at all the major services and graduation ceremonies held in the Cathedral.

He teaches brass at Tonbridge School and Eastbourne College and some of the surrounding preparatory schools. 

Steve is also the Musical Director of Sussex Brass Band and is one of the few players to play the rare Victorian Keyed Bugle.

Steve’s first fanfare will announce the start of the procession down to the recreation ground and his second, at the ground, will signal the start of numerous Olympic-themed games.