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A community has come together to mark what has been described as a "truly special occasion" with everyone from the youngest to the oldest getting involved.

Tydd St Giles Parish Council are behind the celebrations in the village, which has involved every organisation,and includes the crowd-funding of a special Jubilee plaque to go on the village sign designed and made by the village's own Amanda and Kevin Thrower at the Cottage Forge.

The village sign itself has been yarn bombed with an amazing knitted display all with the Jubilee theme ready for the unveiling of the plaque.

Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sign for the Jubilee pictured Nikki Evans puts the finishing touches to the display.
Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sign for the Jubilee pictured Nikki Evans puts the finishing touches to the display.

The church has been decorated with a special flower festival which includes a magnificent carpet of flowers down the aisle.

And as part of the community effort a new Jubilee kneeler has been made for the church with as many villagers as possible each placing a stitch to create it. The kneeler has gone to every organisation including the pub to enable people to take part including the village school.

Tonight (Thursday) the village is set to come together with the unveiling of the Jubilee plaque with a special church service at 7pm then from 19.52 to 20.22 (7.52pmm to 8.22pm) the bells will be rung, followed by the unveiling of the plaque and the lighting of a beacon, which will be lit from a candle drawn from the Pastoral Candle.

Tydd St Giles Church Jubilee Church flower festival. Pictured are: Marcia Connell, Gail Jones and Jane Melloy. (57056044)
Tydd St Giles Church Jubilee Church flower festival. Pictured are: Marcia Connell, Gail Jones and Jane Melloy. (57056044)

Tydd St Giles' oldest resident Martin Carter, who celebrated his 95th birthday at the end of last month, will be carrying out the unveiling.

After the unveiling there will be a torch light procession to the community centre for the lighting of the official beacon at 9.45pm.

Tomorrow night there is a Jubilee quiz in the aptly named village pub, the Crown and Mitre, with seven rounds of questions - one for each year of the Queen's reign.

And finally on Sunday the villagers will come together again for a picnic on the community field with fun and games for all ages, a novelty dog show as well as music and a barbecue.

The kneeler has been created by as many villagers as possible coming together to place a stitch.
The kneeler has been created by as many villagers as possible coming together to place a stitch.

Jane Melloy, who helped organise the church flower display, said: "This has been a complete community effort. We wanted to get as many people involved as possible and hopefully that will be the case.

"A lot of people moved to the village during lockdown and so haven't had a chance to get involved in the community, so hopefully this will help them get to know the villagers better.

"The parish council have done a magnificent job of getting as many groups and organisations involved as possible and in crowd-funding the plaque, which is absolutely amazing to look at. I don't know another village that is putting up such a permanent reminder of such a truly special occasion. One I doubt we will ever see again, certainly not in this millennia."

Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sigh for the Jubilee. (57056053)
Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sigh for the Jubilee. (57056053)
Tydd St Giles Church Jubilee Church flower festival. (57056049)
Tydd St Giles Church Jubilee Church flower festival. (57056049)
Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sigh for the Jubilee. (57056054)
Tydd St Giles members of the WI have yarn bombed the village sigh for the Jubilee. (57056054)


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