Monday the 4th June dawned bright and sunny. It was perfect weather to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A team of people cut the coconut fronds to decorate the square and assembled wood for the beacon bon-fire down at the Landing. Others were home cooking the food for the community dinner.
The ceremony got underway at 5:00pm with a good speech from Carol Schumann, the Governor’s Representative. Paul Shelling led the Queen’s prayer and we all stood to sing “God Save the Queen”. The children were presented with cards and a letter from Prince William and his new wife Kate. Last year the children wrote to congratulate them on their marriage so it was special to receive a letter back.
The announcement that Brenda Christian has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal was greeted with applause. This special award has been awarded to Brenda for her long service on Pitcairn Island as the Police Community Support Officer. Well done Brenda. The actual presentation of the medal will take place in August.
The meal was enjoyed by all and to cap off a great day we enjoyed the fireworks display and the lighting of the beacon down at the Landing. The evening was amazingly warm for June and if the Queen had been present she would have thoroughly enjoyed herself.