HUNDREDS of villagers and visitors attended four days of events in Addingham to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Events kicked off on Thursday with a film night at The Memorial Hall showcasing two films: ER- a Documentary and A Royal Night out. Later the beacon was lit on Haw Pike.

Friday began with a full peal bell ring at St Peter’s Church and was followed by a Tea Dance in the Memorial Hall featuring The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band at which fun was had by all. There was then a Songs of Praise held at Mount Hermon Church.

Saturday began with a parade through the village titled The Royal Procession involving local school children, brownies and other local groups who marched down Main Street flanked on both sides by enthusiastic spectators. They all arrived at the Memorial Hall carpark to be met by a music stage, a beer bus, a barbecue and local stalls. The entertainment began with a local four piece band Route 65 for a sing along to old favourites. There was also a quiz, a raffle and the Jubilee Queen - Martha, aged 11, was crowned. Other traditional gala games were enjoyed along with the best dressed windows competition. The highlight may have been the knobbly knee competition entered by the local MP Robbie Moore who, alas, could only finish joint third. Mr Moore said:”It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves with friends, family and the wider community. Addingham put on a great show!”

Things moved onto the evening, as the weather stayed fair, with another band Louis Louis Louis entertained the, by now, very happy revellers, with their classic rhythm ‘n’ blues, doo-wop and ska. The evening was rounded off with a spectacular fireworks display on the football field. Sunday was a more sedate affair with a service of thanksgiving at Mount Hermon Church, a live band - The 1960 Four - at the social club and a beautifully sung choral concert from the Addingham singers in The Swan carpark.

A spokesperson said: “Thanks must go out to The Addingham Platinum Jubilee committee (formed by local volunteers), The Women’s Institute, The Addingham Civic Society, The Addingham Memorial Hall Social Society. The Addingham Environment Group, The Parish Council, The Addingham Memorial Hall, Jim and Lynda Robinson, The Scouts, The Addingham Beer Festival, The Charabus, The Addingham Singers, The Duke of Edinburgh Award helpers and everyone else who selflessly volunteered up their time. The committee plan to distribute the net proceeds to local groups on an application basis.”