Cornish Platinum Jubilee Parade

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Fun Parade in Truro to kick-start the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Lord Lieutenant, Col. Edward Bolitho and Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev'd Philip Mounstephen
Lord Lieutenant, Col. Edward Bolitho and Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev'd Philip Mounstephen
Lord Lieutenant & Bishop - Truro Cathedral

Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will kick off with a parade involving people and organisations from all over Cornwall in Truro on Thursday 2nd June.

The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho, and the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, are inviting one and all to join them in Cornwall’s Platinum Jubilee Parade, which will start at 12.30pm from St George’s Road, Truro (TR1 3JE).

With a little help from our friends, the event promises to be a bright, loud and colourful display; with dancing, singing, banners and fun.

Organisers are looking for clubs, societies, organisations, councils, and individuals from all parts of Cornwall to join in.

The parade will finish at Truro Cathedral at 1pm, where a short service of thanksgiving for all faiths and none will take place.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend takes place from Thursday 2nd June until Sunday 5th  June.

Parade Convenor, Bert Biscoe, says: “Her Majesty The Queen has served us for 70 years and has presided over a free society in which we can speak freely, be increasingly equal and tolerant with each other, make key choices in our lives and be treated fairly and equally before the law. How lucky we are!

“For many people, our Queen has been, and continues to be, a beacon of consistency in a quickly changing world. She has helped shape our society and through her example, we are able to adapt to many changes while maintaining the values and principles we all try to live by. One great example of our freedom is Cornwall’s continuing development of her identity, culture, and language.

“The parade will be a wonderful start to Cornwall’s celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee, of her service and her compassionate and wise leadership.”

If you would like to take part in the parade, please contact the organisers by e-mailing  platinumjubileeparade@truro.gov.uk

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Joining the Parade - Email:   platinumjubileeparade@truro.gov.uk

In 1952 the Queen succeeded her father. In Cornwall a small event occurred which, in one of those small steps for civilisation, and a giant leap for Kernow – has characterised our very distinctive and long-lasting identity within the British Isles. Mebyon Kernow was formed. A political party dedicated to evangelizing the unique identity of Cornwall, in cultural, economic, social and constitutional terms, and dedicated to securing a form of governance for this cultural and regional nation within the Union that enables her to thrive and thereby to make her best possible contribution to the future of Britain.

In 1967 the Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, turned 21. He was invested as Duke of Cornwall at Lanson Castle in 1973. He was given a pair of white gloves, gilt spurs and greyhounds, a pound of pepper and cumin, a bow, one hundred silver shillings, wood for his fires, and a salmon spear. as marks of fealty, and he assumed the sovereignty of Cornwall, alongside which comes the estate which he has so astutely managed whilst singularly ignoring his constitutional obligations to Cornwall and Cornish people where he can.

Prior to his accession the Duchy was held in regency by the Crown. So, in 1957, when Parliament passed the Tamar Bridge Act, the Queen assented to it in two capacities – as Queen, and as Regent of the Duchy. In 1998 a second Tamar Bridge Act, enabling its widening, received two assents – that of the Queen, and that of the Duke.

The discourse and evolution of the Cornish question over the years of the Queen’s reign has often been quite challenging. Many events have occurred, and from time to time, the atmosphere has been sometimes difficult, sometimes joyous. The late Kimberley Foster, when chairing Cornwall ‘county’ Council, facing a threat by the Maud Commission to create a county for Plymouth – Tamarside – by hacking a lump off Cornwall. He mounted a Council-backed production of The Ordinalia miracle cycle at Perran Round and roused the Cornish; the lunacy was prevented – an excellent example of Cornish culture being used to identify and protect the nation.

And that sense of ‘nation’ has quietly flourished in Cornwall. It lies now at the heart of her economy, or her identity – it inspires and motivates; it feels like a riddle, but is a fact (for some, quite a disconcerting fact!). That Cornwall can nurture a non-divisive sense of nation in a complex and busy society is due in no small part to the stability and freedoms symbolized by the presence and articulated by the values of the Queen – an enigma, but immensely valuable, not to say unique.

Throughout these 70 years Cornwall has been free to make her case.

Elsewhere, during the last great jubilee in 1977, we saw The Sex Pistols being banned by the BBC and topping the charts with God Save the Queen. In the 1960s John Mortimer, amongst others, won the Lady Chatterley trial. We also saw Woodstock, the Isle of Wight and the OZ trials.  In 1972, the-then Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, brought in the Race Relations Act. Many other liberal freedoms have been defended, won or developed during those 70 years whilst, by and large, Britain has been at peace, has fairly successfully divested itself of an empire and become a member of the Commonwealth. It has decimalised, devolved, entered and left the EU, crushed the miners, won the World Cup, lost the World Cup. The reign of Elizabeth has been characterized by a firm but careful shift to an open, inclusive, wealthy and liberal democracy.

Whilst the Queen has not been personally responsible for all this change, she has counselled many prime ministers, symbolized stability and embraced change in an exemplary way. Indeed, if you are a republican or a Scottish, Welsh or Cornish nationalist, you have been able to make your case freely, to fight for democratic representation, and to speak your native language alongside homogenizing English. These are freedoms which are not universally enjoyed, and the Queen, symbolizes the values which make British society so very meaningful, responsive and caring.

The Platinum Jubilee should be a celebration and thanksgiving for the flowering of liberal values, of diversity, inclusion, freedom of speech and thought, of social justice and democratic accountability – it could all have been so different. When we come to do our jubilee-ing its worth pausing to reflect, and to be thankful for the freedoms, rights and privileges which are so much part of our everyday life we take them for granted. Cromwell found that it was not so easy to develop an alternative model for national leadership and embodiment. The monarchy, like everything else, is an evolving thing – it is illogical, hierarchical, anomalous, and as essential part of British life, and of how everybody else views Britain, as The Holly and the Ivy is in a book of Christmas Carols. We have so many reasons to be cheerful.