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31st July 2012
by Clive Ormonde


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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A special celebration was held in the recreation ground on Monday 4th June 2012 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. See photos below.

The last such event to be held in the park was at the time of the Coronation in 1953. A souvenir book has been published of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It can be viewed online, and if you wish to have printed version, a copy ordered through Blurb. Limited numbers of a hardback edition from the first pre-order may be available to EGRA members at a special discount price. Contact for more details.

Photos in the book and on this web page are by:
John Bodman, Joan Darby, Wendy Howell, Anne Mace, John Notton, Clive Ormonde, Margaret Ormonde, Paul Scrivens, Linda Stern, Andrew Waters.


The event was opened by local MP Rob Wilson, then the Earley Music Centre Jazz Band played a lively selection of tunes.

Luckily the rain kept at bay for people to enjoy their picnics.


Local gymnasts, dancers and the judo club provide entertainment.


Local groups including Emmer Green Residents’ Association, Berkshire and Mid-Thames Woodcarvers, St Barnabas Church, local scouts and guides, SSAFA, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Mo’s Stage School, True Food Community Co-operative, set up stalls and activities. First Aid was provide by the Red Cross.

Emmer Green Residents’ Association would like to thank all those who took part in this event. In particular we would like to thank Chris Butlin and the 89th Reading Scouts for their time and expertise. We also thank the talented musicians from the EMC Jazz Band.
All the performers volunteered their time and had put in many hours of practise leading up to the event.
We are appreciative of all those who baked and donated cakes, including the ladies from Rosehill WI.
Budgens, Waitrose and The True food Community Co-op donated prizes.

If you’ve not already done so do browse the book online at