Packed programme of celebrations for Manea

Manea mini-olympics for jubilee on the playing field.
Manea mini-olympics for jubilee on the playing field.
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VILLAGERS celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a full weekend of events in Manea.

Starting on Saturday with a treasure hunt around the village and concluding with an afternoon of sports fun with a mini-Olympics on Tuesday the programme of events was well supported by people of all ages.

Sunday’s rain put a dampener on a planned picnic in the park with it being postponed until a date to be set in September and the open air church service was moved into St Nicolas Church.

Monday’s tea dance and children’s games at the Royal British Legion Club was also a huge hit with villagers and the village beacon was lit for the first time since the anniversary of the VE Day celebrations in 1995.

Tuesday’s mini-Olympics saw teams made up of residents from streets around the village competing in a host of activities from egg and spoon and running races, to speed knitting and tug-of-war.

Winners were presented with gold medals while those in second place earned bags of sweets.

Points were awarded to each competitor’s team as the afternoon, which opened with a team parade behind banners bearing their street names, progressed.

At the end of the afternoon there was a presentation ceremony with the top three teams each being presented with a miniature ‘gold’ trophy.

Station Road proved victorious with High Street in second place and Chestnut Meadows in third.

The closing ceremony saw compere Paul Fox thank all the organisers of the numerous events held over the weekend.