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Royal Wedding in Abingdon

Royal Wedding
In Abingdon this morning the first thing that struck me was that there was a long queue outside Acreedo Tattoos.
Royal Wedding
It was the day of the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan. Was that the reason?
Royal Wedding
Most of the Royal Family could be seen at the Punchbowl with Harry and Meghan at the centre.
Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding was taking place inside.
Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding could also be viewed in The Old Anchor Inn and other pubs in the town centre.
Royal Wedding
Shops in town did not have a TV, but that did not stop them joining in. Oxfam had sparkling elderflower drinks to toast the Royal Wedding.

Leave a Comment May 19, 2018

The Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding
For those not invited to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, who would still like to celebrate The Royal Wedding, as part of a community event, there will be a screening of the wedding at Preston Road Community Centre, followed by a party.
Royal Wedding
The Charity Shops in Abingdon also have window displays in honour of the royal wedding. Helen & Douglas House have white dresses and union flags.
Royal Wedding
Oxfam has a wedding dress and bunting.

Sue Ryder has a bride and groom.

6 Comments May 17, 2018

Abingdon Air and Country Show – 2018

There was not a cloud in the sky for the 19th annual Abingdon Air and Country Show.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
As usual there were a lot  of ex military vehicles, and classic vehicles – including MGs and Rileys made in Abingdon.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
The event is run by a dedicated team of volunteers led by Neil Porter. Over the years the event has raised a lot of money for charities, including £72.095.70 for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Ambulance Trust. The trust had a stall where people could perform operations.

There was the usual big variety of stalls, and a fairground for people who came before the air display started.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
There was a music tent, a craft tent, and two arenas where performances took place, including some by the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, and Vale Islanders.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
A big crowd gathered to watch the air display that started at around two O’Clock.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
The event, held on the ex-RAF Abingdon Airfield, celebrated the RAFs centenary. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over with a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire to start the flying display.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
The heat meant that people found shade where they could, including under this large RAF people carrier.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
There followed a flight by a roaring Strikemaster jet.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
Various planes flew. There was also a parachute display and Royal Navy helicopter display.
Abingdon Air and Country Show
The most amazing display involved a bi-plane and a car going down the runway together, the bi plane at 45 degrees. A video below gives you an idea of what they were like if you missed the event.

5 Comments May 6, 2018

Bring on the Sunshine!

Bring me Sunshine
The 10th Abingdon Scouts (St Helens) had a large jumble stall on the Market Place today. The weather could not have been better for the start of the Early May Bank Holiday weekend with Abingdon Air and Country Show happening tomorrow (6th May 2018). Bring on the Sunshine!
Bring me Sunshine
Fun and Music in the Park will be happening on the 2nd June 2018 and wrist bands for Music in the Park were on sale on the Market Place thanks to Councillor Alice Badcock, Mayor last year, and Councillor Jan Morter, Mayor this year.
Bring me Sunshine
Artweeks has started in parts of Oxfordshire. The regional schedule is North and West Oxfordshire 5th-13th May; Oxford City 12th-20th May and South Oxfordshire (including Abingdon) 19th-28th May.
Bring me Sunshine
Posters have also appeared to say that the Abingdon County Hall museum at night event is happening again on 18th May. As well as looking at the history of England’s oldest settlement, there will be  a celebration of traditional folk music from all quarters of the British isles – including Abingdon.

1 Comment May 5, 2018

Abingdon’s Vaulting Ambition – Part II

Vaulting Social Ambition
In June 2006 This Abingdon Blog carried a piece about Prince Harry “…The launch of Google Trends, a new service which allows users to see which phrases are most frequently searched in which areas of Britain, reveals a nation determined to broaden its horizons.

In Abingdon, for example, the most popular search term is ‘pony clubs’. For that, you are thinking, they could have used the phone book. But the second most popular search term in Abingdon is ‘Prince Harry’. Clearly, this is about more than just hacking round the suburbs on a docile quadruped. It is the expression of vaulting social ambition.’

We now know that our vaulting social ambition has come to nothing, and Prince Harry is to marry a young lady from the United States instead of Abingdon. The wedding is to be at Windsor later this month. Let us console ourselves with what might have been.

Here is a short piece from the Illustrated London News reporting on yet another Royal Wedding at Windsor in 1863. Young Prince Edward (aged 23) was marrying Princess Alexandra (aged 18). Thank you to the British Newspaper Archive for this piece (All Rights Reserved) … Vaulting Social Ambition
ABINGDON, The rejoicings here in honour of the auspicious event passed off admirably. The day’s proceedings commenced with procession of the Mayor and Corporation, accompanied by many other of the principal inhabitants, to the new recreation-ground, where they were met by the school children of the town, 1600 in number. They planted two oaks in commemoration of the day. The children then fell into the procession and returned to the market-place, where the labouring men of the town, 1200 in number, were regaled with an excellent dinner in a spacious marquee erected for the occasion. At three o’clock the bells rang, and the women were entertained with tea and cake, and at the same time the children had a similar spread in the extensive warehouse of Mr. Yeates, which he kindly lent for the occasion. An enormous bonfire was lit up, and the evening concluded with a brilliant display of fireworks.

Leave a Comment May 4, 2018

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