Botley’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were in full swing today, with the main event being the “Big Lunch” in the village’s historic market square.
As has become customary in Botley on special occasions, the A334 that runs through the heart of the village was closed to traffic from 9am until 6pm, allowing the festivities to take place in the market square.
Despite the murky weather large crowds were drawn to the event, which featured live music and dancing, a childrens art competition, a best decorated cake competition and a best crown/hat competition. Various static displays and stalls helped to keep everybody entertained. There were also some family services in All Saints Church, themed to fit in with the occasion.
The “Big Lunch” saw hundreds enjoy a picnic in the market square, bringing their own food and chairs.
Afterwards, the children of Botley were issued with a special commemorative mug, unique to the village of Botley.
Mrs C Murphy of Botley told Eastleigh News;
We’ve never seen so many people in Botley. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations were very well attended and there was a great atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Many dressed in red white and blue and really entered into the spirit of the occasion. Lots of people set up their tables and chairs in the square and were enjoying their food and drink. Many others came along to join in with festivities.
Botley Parish Council presented every child living in the parish of Botley (as long as they had registered at the Parish Council Offices beforehand) with a commemorative mug, which will be a great souvenir to keep for many years to come.
Botley’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue on Bank Holiday Monday (weather permitting) from 10am until 6pm, with a knock-out cricket tournament on Botley Recreation Ground, with teams competing for the Botley Diamond Jubilee Cup.