Report on March Summer Festival 2002

Report from the Fenland Citizen Wednesday June 5 2002

March residents came out if force to celebrate the Jubilee, taking advantage of some of the many events the town had laid on over the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, many activities were focused on West End Park.

Newly-crowned Mayor of March and chairman of the organising Golden Jubilee committee, Bernard Keane opened a gala afternoon on Saturday which included a carnival parade, marching displays, a fancy dress for all ages and also mini sports.

Regal representations were in abundance, with “Prince Charles” among those putting in an appearance.

And there was also a tribute to the other Queen – this time the pop group!

A stage in the park welcomed dance and pop in the evening and, judging by the many Union flags being sported throughout the day, a great time was had by all.

On Sunday, the activities included a civic parade followed by a service at St Peter’s Church.

In the afternoon, a picnic took place at West End Park to which hundreds of schoolchildren were among those invited.

Entertainment included a Wild West Show, complete with TV-style set, and this was planned to be followed by jazz in the park to cheerily round the event off.

Report from the The March (Cambs) Times Friday June 7 2002

Three cheers for March! The Queen’s Golden Jubilee will go down in the town’s history books as a real triumph.

On Britain’s celebration map our fenland town glowed with jubilee fervour and pride – putting many other similar size towns to shame.

The amazing support over three days of events confounded sceptics, who said it would be a flop.

Our Golden Jubilee Committee worked amazingly hard with other organisations in town, and locals came out in their thousands.

From ‘The Golden Oldies’ in Saturday’s carnival parade to tiny tots and youngsters bopping in the park – it was a time when age didn’t matter.

The thousands who turned up for Monday’s finale and beacon lighting said they had never seen anything like it.

Mayor Bernard Keane believes we have a new and revived sense of community spirit – let’s hope it stays with us long after the Jubilee year has passed.