Louth's big party, and the reaction to it, were a washout
UP and down the country, in towns and villages far and wide, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm, crowds gathering far and wide, rain or shine and the community has in general been heart warming.
Louth has a special reason to celebrate being the town on the meridian nearest to the North Pole.
Sadly, there was little sign of celebration.
The Hubbards Hills party was a washout in every sense of the word. Julia and I walked the length of Hubbards Hills vainly searching for the promised party.
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A disconsolate lady mayor with one other councillor met us at the cafe end and told us that all celebrations had been cancelled due to bad weather.
No arrangements had been made to hold the party indoors.
The Town Hall?
The British Legion Hall?
Not even the old defunct swimming pool?
Oh yes, one other party,Westgate, had moved its party into St James' Church and refused entry to anyone 'without a ticket.'
Later on we attended the lighting of the beacon.
Here a small crowd had gathered only to be refused admission to the field which has two gated entrances but were barred from entry by various town councillors on the grounds of 'elf and safety mate' despite the fact that a number of people, including mothers and children, were playing inside the permitted area.
When I pointed this out, I was told that they would be excluded before the beacon was lit.
About two minutes before the beacon was lit, as I arrived at the other gate, I saw various angry parents with their children being hurriedly excluded. Coincidence?
In my day as a one-time town, district and county councillor, we used to celebrate public events by having festival occasions which included al the major societies, eg Louth Football Club, the choral society, the male voice choir, the jazz club, the schools etc.
But I'm just an old fuddy duddy of 92.
Charles Street, Louth.
Louth Town Council told the Target they would be holding a debrief regarding the event in the near future.