August-September 2022 | Features

Rotary goes platinum!

Rotary goes platinum!

All across Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary clubs came together with their communities to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service.

With a sunny, four-day Bank Holiday weekend, there couldn’t have been a much better setting for Rotarians to put their love for their communities on display in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Rotary clubs from every corner of the country were keen to help celebrate this historic occasion by facilitating thousands of different events.

On every other street one could find a gazebo filled to the brim with family and friends enjoying a lovely spread of food while sporting some stellar union jack clothing. Darlington Rotary President Peter Phillips certainly turned up the style for their jubilee celebrations with a full union jack suit.

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The chances are that, if you saw one of these events in your local community, a Rotary club probably had a hand in facilitating it!

From Maidenhead Rotarians in Berkshire setting up marquees to the Rotary Club of Tunbridge Wells in Kent setting up the stage to host the jubilee entertainment, Rotary clubs were more than happy to help their community.

Lots of the Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland had their jubilee celebrations coincide with the second national Thank You Day on Sunday 5th June.

Organised by The Together Coalition, Thank You Day gave everyone the chance to say thank you not just to the Queen but all the people that make our lives easier.

Rotary clubs all over the Isles were holding events, including this one held by Westbourne Rotary.

The event was endorsed by well-known faces such as TV presenter Gary Lineker, former Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and the current manager of England’s national football team Gareth Southgate.

Clubs were more than happy to take the opportunity to get together to say thank you, Larne Rotary in Ireland bringing local organisations together for afternoon tea and Llangefni Rotary hosting a successful Jubilee BBQ.

Just outside Bournemouth, Westbourne Rotary’s Thank You Day event was particularly successful, bringing their community together for a day of exceptional food and eclectic musical performances, from a local school choir to Senegalese drumming.

Clubs could also take part in The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of Thank You Day, joining millions across the UK to share friendship, food and fun.

The Rotary Club of Windsor St George got to join a line of 488 picnic tables along Windsor Castle’s Long Walk, with Prince Edward and his wife Sophie joining the thousands celebrating.

It was fantastic seeing everyone enjoying the celebrations and if you want to see more examples of what Rotary clubs got up to over the weekend, head over to the Rotary GB&I website!

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