The Coronation Street Party : May 2023
Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and came to support the community coronation party!
And thank you also to all the valiant organisers led by Emma Lloyd Williams, including St John's Church, St John's School, the Spring Grove pub, the Spring Grove Residents' Association and the residents of Beaufort & Lingfield Roads.
Given the rain we were particularly grateful to have two Plan Bs. Besides local band Plan B (of which more below) our Plan B for wet weather Plan B meant
that we stayed reasonably dry by sheltering in the Church, the pub and under gazebos.
The day started with the big screen in the Church for watching the Coronation and cakes
Then the music began with five fabulous acts organised by Tony Hardy. Big thanks to Banquet Records for the sound equipment and to Dave Meegan and Andrew Maxwell Morris
for sound mixing.
Then there were the competitions – including the dog show with prizes for the most royally dressed dog (winner: Luna) and the one with the cleverest trick (Arnie),
and the Great Spring Grove Bake Off
Visitors included the Mayor of Kingston Yogan Yoganathan, all the Kingston Town Councillors, Deputy Mayor Nicola Nardelli, Roger Hayes and John Sweeney,
the Hogsmill Community Garden and several finely crowned/beflagged residents.
And finally a huge thank you to the army of volunteers who helped plan, set up, run the events and pack up afterwards.