During Democracy Week 2011, I worked with Rugby primary schoolchildren on aspects of Citizenship and Democracy. One of the questions that I asked them was “How should Rugby celebrate 2012?”
High on their lists was a big parade, so thank you to our schoolchildren for their brilliant idea. My theme for this year is “Celebrate Rugby – our past, our present and our future” and Saturday’s Big Parade epitomised all that is wonderful about our town.
My most vivid memories are the thousands of people who lined the route, the faces of the youngsters taking part, the warmth of the applause that greeted the contingents from HMS Tireless and the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the sound of the band before we could see it, the Lord Lieutenant unveiling the plaque on the Clock Tower and standing in a storm of red, white and blue confetti. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped to organise and participate in the parade and the events in Caldecott Park. I would also like to thank all those individuals, community and voluntary groups who have organised events throughout the borough to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
I have had an amazing week which began at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party in blazing sunshine and continued with the celebrations in Rugby regardless of the rain. I hope that in the future our children and grandchildren will be able to look back on their memories of how Rugby celebrated the Diamond Jubilee.
Cllr Kathryn Lawrence
Mayor of Rugby