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Special Occasions in Turvey

Sometimes the villagers celebrated special occasions.


Royalty provided many of these, with coronations and jubilees being a great excuse of a party or other activities.

List of Special Dates


1887 - Golden Jubilee (50 years) of Queen Victoria

1897 - Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Queen Victoria

1901 - Death of Queen Victoria

1902 - Coronation of King Edward VII

1911 - Coronation of King George V

1935 - Silver Jubilee (25 years) of King George V

1937 - Coronation of King George VI

1945 - VE Day (Victory in Europe Day)

1953 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

1977 - Silver Jubilee (25 years) of Queen Elizabeth II

1981 - Marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer

1986 - Marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

2002 - Golden Jubilee (50 years) of Queen Elizabeth II

2011 - Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Katherine Middleton

2012 - Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Queen Elizabeth II

For the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, the village had a special Sports Day.


One of the more unusual events was the Menagerie Race.  For this, contestants would race along with an animal, on a leash.  You can see that some sorts of animals were banned from taking part - because horses and dogs can be trained to be led!  It was far more amusing to see people trying to convince ducks, cats and rabbits to race!


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These two images (left) are from 22 June 1911 when the village celebrated the coronation of King George V.


The top picture shows crowds gathered in front of the entrance to the church.  Thank you to Mr Nigel Stickells for sending me this wonderful picture.


The lower picture is of the decorations in the village hall.


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The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.


Here are two pictures taken in Tandy’s Close.


There was a street party with lots of food!


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Here are three pictures showing the beautiful decorations inside the parish church to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012.


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Some Turvey ladies dressed as women from different countries in the British Empire.


I can see Canada, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, New Zeland, Australia, India and in the middle is my nan, Celia Richardson, dressed as John Bull to represent England.


I am guessing this dates from the late 1940s and is probably to celebrate Empire Day.


Empire Day was on the 24th May.


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And another Sports Day was held to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.


This time there was also a Fancy Dress Parade at 1:45pm and a Comic Football Match at 2:45pm - featuring The Army versus The World!


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Some more villagers, dressed up for a special occasion.


I see a nurse, Native American, Pierrot and pig amongst the crowd.  I wonder what event was being celebrated here.


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