Jubilation over Horncastle jubilee success

A LEADING figure in Horncastle’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations has hailed the five day programme of events as a “fantastic success.”

Local county councillor Bill Aron said the Jubilee had brought the entire community together.

He also revealed some events had attracted up to 2,000 visitors - bringing much-needed revenue into the local economy.

Mr Aron said: “A lot of hard work went into organising the Jubilee but it was certainly well worth it.

“It was a fantastic success, from start to finish. We’ve had lots of positive feedback and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I’m sure the fact we had events over five days was a major factor.”

Organisers were delighted when Horncastle town centre was packed to the rafters to watch one of the first events - a parade of decorated floats.

However, the impressive attendance was topped when an estimated 1,500-plus people crammed into North Park at Scrivelsby for an evening event, capped by the lighting of the area’s official jubilee beacon.

Mr Aron added: “We always thought the jubilee would be well-supported but to see so many people at events was amazing.

“Horncastle was very busy on the opening day (Saturday). The car parks were full and local businesses must have done really well.

“A lot of people who came to one event stayed on for another two or three. It brought the entire community together - young and old. It must be a long time since Horncastle has seen anything like it.”

Mr Aron said the Dymoke family, who own the Scrivelsby estate, were “over the moon” to see so many people at the beacon lighting.

Overall, the only slight set-back was caused by the wet weather as a sell-out “Proms on the Wong” had to be switched indoors to the Stanhope Hall.

Mr Aron explained: “It was a sell-out. We’d sold 500 tickets and we could probably have sold a lot more.

“But the rain meant we had to make a decision to move indoors. It’s a shame because people were turning up with deckchairs, tables and picnic baskets.

“Unfortunately, the numbers we could accommodate in the Stanhope Hall were restricted and not everyone could get in. Still, it was a marvellous evening.”

Mr Aron said the success of the Proms had opened up a number of possibilities regarding staging future events on the Wong.

He also thanked trustees who made the Stanhope Hall available for a number of events.

Mr Aron added: “The Town Council deserves a lot of credit, along with everyone else who organised events. The local business community backed it. Everyone played a part.”