Jubilee events got off to a great start early on Friday morning at the Kingsteignton Community Hall with beautifully decorated jubilee themed cake entries being dropped off by adults and children for the Royal Cake Bake competition.
Judges from the WI carried out their judging duties by considering design and taste, to make the decision to award their place within the competition.
At 11.30am Town Crier Mrs Jackie Edwards rang her bell to declare the event open, welcoming all.
The Mayor, Cllr Ron Peart, gave an extended welcome to all in attendance on behalf of Kingsteignton Town Council and thanked everybody for joining in this momentous once in a lifetime historical occasion to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which will probably never be seen again.
Lord Clifford, said he was honoured to be representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, spoke of her remarkable reign of 70 years spanning from 1952 to this present day, with true dedication and commitment that she declared to serve her country and commonwealth at her Coronation in June 1953.
Lord Clifford, with his known humour, took charge of the velvet cloth to make a dramatic ‘matador style’ unveiling of the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy Platinum Jubilee Plaque’ which has been mounted below the recently planted Willow Tree as part of the unique national tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Lord Clifford then proudly presented the prizes of Austin’s Vouchers to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for both categories, adults, and children, assisted by town clerk Carol Lakin.
Residents, councillors and council staff joined together in the Community Hall to enjoy a cream tea served by the ladies from the Post Meridian WI and Councillor Julie Scagell.
The atmosphere was enhanced by local musician Nigel Dee as he played guitar and sang songs from the past decades.
For more pictures from Kingsteignton, turn to page 26