Smiles in the rain

Smiles in the rain

Smiles in the rain

First published in Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

PEOPLE lined the streets of Purton as a banner parade marked the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Dozens of organisations from Purton, including the Guides, Scouts and the tennis club took part in the procession that led through Purton High Street to the village hall.

Despite a torrential rain shower at the start of the parade it failed to dampen spirits on the day with people taking to the streets waving their Union Jacks.

Dr John Railton, the vicar at St Mary’s Church, Purton, said: “It is a wonderful event to mark the diamond jubilee.

“It is great to see the community come together and show the variety of organisations we have in this town.

“The number of different organisations I think are involved officially are around 30 but I think there are more like 50 taking part which is brilliant.”

Sara Payton, 42, of Purton, said: ”It is nice to have something different to mark the jubilee and it is a great way to show off what we have here in Purton.

“It is a shame about the weather but it is good to see people are still out supporting the event.

“I think it has been a great weekend and I am looking forward to the beacon lighting tomorrow night.”

Trevor Hill, 57, of Purton, said: “So many people are involved in this parade which is good to see.

“Every part of life in Purton seems to be represented and it shows that there is a rich community.”

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