Over 120 villagers and gathered on the village green on Monday 4th June to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The celebrations began with a barbecue at 5pm. Everyone was given a drink on arrival and Scott Green proposed a toast to HM The Queen, which included a tribute to John Benson, whose funeral had raised over £500 for the village fund from the retiring collection. With some of this money, Diamond Jubilee mugs will be purchased for every child in Roecliffe.
Having dined well and eaten far too many Jubilee cakes, attention turned to activities on the green, tug of war, rounders, and a treasure hunt, which was won by Mr and Mrs Bishop.
Everyone then went to the paddock behind The Old Vicarage, where a brazier was lit at 10.00pm, one of over 4000 registered beacons/braziers in The Commonwealth. In spite of recent wet weather, it lit without a problem, and looked magnificent with flames shooting into the night sky. Accompanied by a glass of bubbly, it brought Roecliffe's celebrations for our Diamond Queen to a magnificent conclusion.