Coronation Celebrations: Community Edition

Communities embody the heart of celebrations for national events and the King’s Coronation was no different.

This short article will shed light on some of the celebrations (not all) around our local villages and whet the appetite for plenty more to come!

Boat Regatta

To set the scene for our first community is simple, you’ve just woken up the day after a glorious coronation; the weather is bright, community spirit is rife and an army of ducks are heading down the local Beck. Some may say I’ve gone quackers but, if you were in Heighington, you know what I’m talking about.

During the morning: families, friends and many more flocked to the beckside to witness what has become a favourite event in the village calendar; a Duck Race and Boat Regatta.

Duck Race

The Duck Race is always great entertainment for the kids and it showed with all 100 Ducks being sponsored but, the Boat Regatta embraces every child’s creativity. With the help of their families, they are tasked with assembling a boat capable of beating all the rest. Over 30 were registered in total and the standard of each showed the spectacular efforts that had gone into it (as can be seen in our feature image for this article).

While the entertainment for the families cannot be underestimated; neither can the amount raised for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance as well as Hope for Tomorrow. In total, £532.72 was raised with 50% of the earnings going to each. A fantastic well done to all those involved!

Games at Skellingthorpe Community Centre. Photo kindly supplied by Martin Cairns.

So we’ve had our fun at the Boat Race in Heighington, where are we going to now?

Well, Skellingthorpe had us covered with a family afternoon picnic in the beautiful weather at the Community Centre Car Park.

For the people that attended, they were able to enjoy: party workshops, live music and Daisy Made Ice Cream (yummy!); as well as some children’s games with gifts and prizes.

Picnic on the Green at Nocton

Finally, Nocton wrap up this article’s dedicated Coronation celebrations… and in some style, too.

Street parties were the go to in 1953 for the Queen’s Coronation and in Nocton, they rolled back the years…

The Street Party was a massive hit with everyone as they all brought bits for the picnic and were then served up some entertainment by the Lincolnshire Hospital Band.

A service of thanksgiving followed the fun before the Hub played host for a Beerfest and BBQ.

To enjoy more of the Coronation Celebrations, click on the link here: Coronation Celebrations Archives – Townlands (