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PHOTOS: Platinum In The Park at Driffield’s North End Park

A celebratory atmosphere filled the air at Driffield’s North End Park as families came together to mark The Queen’s historic 70-year reign.

Platinum in the Park – the family celebration organised by Driffield Town Council – saw thousands of people enjoy the Jubilee celebrations with an afternoon and evening of song, dance, music, games and interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The entertainment included music from Buckrose Band, two interactive performances from Say Two Productions, which transported the audience back to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were evacuated from London along with hundreds of other children and LS School of Dance which brought along 55 young dancers who performed to music from years spanning the Queen’s reign,

The crowds were also entertained by the Makara Morris Dancers and All For One Choir and The Garnett Family rounded off a successful day.

On top of that, children were entertained by Creation Station crafts, face painting, children’s races, balloon modelling and Peppa Pig and friends also made an appearance.

Driffield Town Clerk Claire Binnington said it was a day to remember.

She said: “Driffield Town Council is utterly stunned by the phenomenal success of Platinum in the Park.

“The thousands of Driffield people who turned up to celebrate the Jubilee in our lovely park on Saturday is a pure reflection of how dear we hold our Queen and the desire to celebrate and mark the 70 years of service she has given to our country.

“The atmosphere was amazing and we hope that everyone will remember it as a great day; the day Driffield celebrated the Platinum Jubilee.”

Claire added her thanks to all those who helped to make the celebrations the success they were.

“Primarily, I would like to thank my team who have spent months assisting me organise and put this event together: our town centre officer, Jill Baldwin; external funding officer, Fiona Turner, who successfully secured an Awards for All grant; Cllr Gillian Helliwell; Kate Parker from Kestrel Health and Safety, and of course, the Tidy Team, without whom this event would simply not have happened – Andy Wilson, Chris Brotherton, Rob Flake, Peter Shannon and David Dale,” continued Claire.

“Everyone’s hard work and commitment to delivering an unforgettable event certainly paid off.

“Thanks also to Paul and his team at Florida Marquees, Lynn Blakeston and his team at The Gig Shop and our two paramedics from Beverley Ambulance who kept us safe throughout the event.

“I would like to thank also all the performers – The Buckrose Band, Makara Morris Dancers, Say Two Productions, LS School of Dance, All For One Choir, The Garnett Family and Abba Dabba Circus – they did a brilliant job and everyone from all ages loved the entertainment, which was nonstop from start to finish; thanks to Great Driffield Radio for a first class job hosting the event.

“A particular highlight was the dance show by LS Dance, with 55 young people and children, dancing to songs that spanned the Queen’s reign from the 1950s to the 2020s. We greatly appreciate the many weeks of work that went into the wonderful show.

“Thanks also to Kirsty Hickson from Creation Station, Mr Bubbles, Face Painting by Julie Marie, and Peppa Pig and her friends who did a brilliant job ensuring the many hundreds of children had a lovely time, and to Rose Croft, Fiona Turner and Gillian Helliwell of the Friends of St Margaret’s for the children’s races and to Two Tossers Pizza and Busters Ice-cream.

“Such events cannot happen without volunteers, when our tea and coffee vendor pulled out at the last minute, Fiona Turner rallied the troops within hours and so special thanks to the Friends of St Margaret’s Play Area, Cllr Amanda Croft and the Driffield and Wolds Create Community, Maggie Lynch and Nicola Knaggs for working very hard throughout the event providing people with tea, coffee and cakes at such short notice!

“Thanks also to Cllr Paul Rounding, Cllr Simon Starrett, Cllr Joyce Fletcher, Cllr Rhian Livingstone and Cllr Andrew Coleman who came to help, our Mayor Cllr Mark Blakeston, who came to help set up the morning and between other mayoral duties, came back in the afternoon and finally to the two little lads from Driffield Youth Action who helped us litter pick at the end.”

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