Diamond Jubilee Our Lovely Dean

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DIAMOND JUBILEE - Our lovely Dean

Date: 3rd June 2012

DIAMOND JUBILEE – Our lovely Dean

A very old friend from Australian theatre days was over with her husband for the Diamond Jubilee and asked me to join them at their hotel to watch the Water Pageant. Much as I would have liked to go, I didn’t fancy elbowing my way through the crowds from the Tube Station to the Tower Hotel so I politely declined and went to Canterbury Cathedral to do my usual two hour duty.

Having met and greeted some of the visitors at the South West door I then went to position myself in my favourite spot – The Martyrdom. On arriving there I couldn’t believe my ears – there was a jazz band playing in the Cloisters.

A picnic due to take place outside had to be rescheduled into the Chapter House. I went to have a peep and there was the Dean ushering folk into the Chapter House for a toast to the Queen = I explained that I was on duty and never drink whilst working but he very kindly and sweetly insisted that I really should join the toast which I did very willingly. It was only a fleeting visit but that is the second time in 8 days that I’ve been impressed by this very ‘gentle’ man who is indeed a gentleman.

Last week he was equally gracious to the Australian couple I was helping except then I hadn’t got my sash and was just visiting the gardens as an ordinary member of the public.

It was such a shame about the weather because last weekend was sublime – England at its best – hot and sunny without a cloud in the sky and the conditions were perfect for carrying the delicate and lovely scent of roses from the Dean’s garden.

I’d set my Television to record the highlights of the Pageant later in the evening but when I got home turned on for a half hour to see it ‘live’.

What an amazing woman is our Queen – despite the sumptuous ‘throne’ provided for her, both she and the Duke of Edinburgh stood for the length of the journey and only occasionally did she put her hand on the chair for support. And by the end of the procession it was bucketing down. I think one of the highlights will be the group who, though drenched to the skin and looking like drowned rats, sang Rule Britannia and God Save our Queen as the vessel carrying the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra came alongside the stationary Royal Barge

Haven’t had time to watch the recording yet but will take photos off the Television and if any of them are good at all, will post one here and some on the Gallery.

Give these girls and guys a medal - they were wonderful.  Photo taken off television so not brilliant

DIAMOND JUBILEE - Our lovely Dean

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