Saturday, June 05, 2021


The bar has been set at a high level when it comes to Brigg celebrating major milestones in the reign of Her Majesty the Queen.
Brigg Town Council will soon be considering local ways to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 -  her 70 years as monarch to be marked by a bumper four-day bank holiday weekend.
Her Majesty came to Brigg in 1977 to mark her Silver Jubilee (25 years), watching a pageant being performed on the cricket area at the Recreation Ground.
The Rec also hosted Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. And what a day it was!
Events were held in the Market Place (including a community picnic), following which a lengthy procession made its way through the town via Grammar School Road and Preston Drive to the sportsground where many events were enjoyed including races, demonstrations and a dog show.
In the evening there was a well-attended dance and social function in the Angel Suite.
The organisation was delegated to a special Jubilee Committee, whose membership included councillors and community-minded members of the public.
Their hard work behind the scenes was appreciated by the many residents who visited the Market Place, the Rec and the Angel.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph's extensive image archive includes many pictures taken during the Queen's visit to Brigg in 1977. Perhaps the paper could be approached for pictures to be displayed at Brigg Heritage Centre, as part of an exhibition next June.
Coun Bryan Robins, the Lincolnshire Times and later Scunthorpe Telegraph photographer, was Town Mayor in 1977 and was one of the Brigg dignitaries presented to Her Majesty, along with the Town Clerk, Joseph J. Magrath, when she arrived at the Rec in the royal car. The Duke of Edinburgh was also in attendance.
Preparations to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 did not start in Brigg until early in the year - leaving the organisers with much to do in a relatively short time.
However, Coun Jane Kitching has been on the ball, so to speak, suggesting during the Town Council's latest meeting that Brigg should now be thinking how it is going to mark the Platinum Jubilee next June.
Brigg Blog thinks that as the Jubilee Committee did such a good job in 2012, forming another in the coming months along similar lines, might be order.
Ahead of the Platinum celebrations, Brigg will have a ceremonial beacon to light, on the Millennium Green, courtesy of the Town Council.
There has already been a national suggestion that people should hold garden BBQs or street parties over the Platinum Jubilee holiday next June, and we are sure that many will be enjoyed across Brigg.

PICTURED: Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Brigg - June 2012; Couns Ann Eardley, Sheila Boughey and Ben Nobbs during one of the public meetings held in the Angel Suite to plan the Diamond celebrations, and a beacon that previously stood on Station Road. A beacon will be erected off Elwes Street ahead of the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.