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Jubilee celebrations at St. Petroc's

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

The church was part of Bodmin town's programme of events for the Platinum Jubilee.

Street party

Flags and bunting greeted 150 people as they came to church for the Platinum Jubilee indoor street party on Thursday June 2.

Once inside, they could admire Bodmin Town Museum’s coronation display and Bodmin Keep’s set of vintage objects, while singing and dancing to the music of The Velvets.

The National Anthem was sung lustily, and everyone raised a champagne flute to toast Her Majesty The Queen.

Volunteers from church and Inner Wheel made the event possible.

The Queen’s Peal

St. Petroc’s tower bell ringers rang out 96 call changes, representing The Queen’s age and Queen’s Peal (where the bells are placed in the order of 13572468), on Thursday June 2.

Postcard from Bodmin Town Museum

Bodmin’s Jubilee Beacon Lighting Trail

In the evening of June 2, a crowd gathered outside the church for the start of the Beacon Lighting Trail, joined by the town’s mayor, deputy mayor and entourage.

Tracey James played the fanfare composed for the Platinum Jubilee, as the lights on the church windows were switched on … the better to be seen after dark as the glorious evening sunshine dimmed the grandeur of the display.

The mayoral procession then led the way to Shire Hall, where the fanfare was played again.

Then on to the white clock tower where, even in the evening sunlight, royal colours were visible, as the bugler played the fanfare for the third time.

Finally, the parade went on to Bodmin Nature Reserve for a short, civic ceremony and the lighting of the Jubilee beacon.

Other beacons were spotted on the horizon, connecting communities up and down the country and beyond. And the last act of celebration, the monument itself was illuminated in red, white and blue.

Classical concert

Bodmin Rotary Club presented an evening of classical music at St Petroc’s on Friday 3.

Photos of concert by Paul Keneally (Bodmin Camera Club)

Service marking the Platinum Jubilee and Pentecost

The church, still decorated with bunting and flags, expressed thanks to God for the life, faith and devoted service of Queen Elizabeth II, on Sunday June 5.

Hymns from the four nations of the UK were sung as well as what is thought to be the favourite hymn of Her Majesty: “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; To his feet your tribute bring. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Evermore his praises sing. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the everlasting King!”

Celebrations continued with Pimms and cake.

From babe in arms to those in their 90s, we remembered together the faith and faithfulness of Queen Elizabeth II and the birth of the Christian Church.

One member of the congregation bought a commemorative book to church from 1953.

New books, showing events from The Queen’s life, were available for people to take as well as books for children about service to others.

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