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Middleton celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with a trio of events

Published on Wednesday, 8th June 2022

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Middleton came together as a community to share in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with three different tributes to celebrate the occasion

Firstly, there was the unveiling of a stunning life size horse sculpture which recognized the Queens love of horses and also Middleton strong equestrian links,with at one time 7 stables in the small Village, individual horse shoes from horses in the village were incorporated into the tail.

Local MP Craig Tracey was delighted to unveil the amazing sculpture which had been made by Sculptor Neil Marshall.

Onlookers were really taken by surprise at the quality and scale of the work and people posed all day having photos taken with the horse which one villager nicknamed 'Lillibet'.

Following the horse unveiling Councillor Andy Jenns opened up an art exhibition in the Village Hall with works from Middleton’s own thriving art group including a permanent art exhibition to be installed in the Hall including a portrait of HRH prince Phillip and Francis Willughby, a famous Middletonian naturalist. A painting competition was held and won by Margaret McNeill who painted a truly stunning portrait of her granddaughter Maisie.

The third commemorative event was the planting of the Queens favourite tree an Oak which was kindly planted by Karen Tracey.

After the formal tributes to her majesty the festivities began with a picnic in the park which included a mini–Commonwealth Games, for children, a treasure hunt through the village, splosh painting, bouncy castle and roundabout rides all these brilliant activities were organized by Ruth Mcfarland and her team of helpers. 

A trio of Musicians starting with Steve Thomas whose rich baritone voice got the crowd in the mood to party. Following on was local resident Thomas Jay who gave an absolutely wonderful acoustic session which the crowd roundly applauded. The aptly named April Reign a local Middleton based band gave a rousing rock session as people mingled chatted and just enjoyed a fabulous day out. It was a truly family affair with young and old celebrating together a momentous occasion, Middleton may be a small village but it has a big heart.

The Hamilton family won the best dressed house.

Middleton was awarded £500 from the council's Platinum Jubliee events fund.

Photo - Left to right Mrs Karen Tracey, Hon Craig Tracey MP, Middleton’s Queen for the day Jo Hollis and Sculptor Neil Marshall Unique Metalworks