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Guests enjoy a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Coronation celebrations across Newton-le-Willows

by Gemma Melling

Newton-le-Willows pulled out all the stops once again to mark the King’s Coronation with a whole host of events which showcased everything that’s good about the town.

Newton and Earlestown Community Group (NECG) organised a huge Walking Day event complete with Community Parade on Sunday, 7 May. The sun shone and the crowds gathered for a really fantastic occasion, which was made possible thanks to the tireless help of lots of local volunteers.

Coronation Walking Day event at Willow Park

Coronation Walking Day event at Willow Park

The event began with a spectactular Community Parade at 12 noon along Newton High Street, with lots of community groups, schools and others taking part.

Valley Brass Band in the Community Parade organised by Newton and Earlestown Community Group.

Valley Brass Band in the Community Parade organised by Newton and Earlestown Community Group.

The parade included Valley Brass Band, dancers from AK Studios and a cavalcade of classic vehicles.

AK Studios perform as part of the Community Parade to mark the King's Coronation.

AK Studios perform as part of the Community Parade to mark the King’s Coronation.

After the parade, everyone gathered in Willow Park where there were stalls and a classic car show to enjoy.

Meanwhile, our fantastic independent High Street businesses were all in the swing of the Coronation.

A brilliant Scarecrow trail was organised by High Street Hive – with lots of businesses really coming up with imaginative characters for the occasion which reflected their own businesses’ personality!

Shakey J's Spongebob inspired Scarecrow, Squarecrow

Shakey J’s Spongebob inspired Scarecrow, Squarecrow

Visitors to Newton High Street and surrounding roads could vote for their favourite – and the overall winner was named as Found on a Curb with their Scarecrow, named The Angel of the Northwest.

Winning scarecrow, The Angel of the Northwest, by Found on a Curb

Winning scarecrow, The Angel of the Northwest, by Found on a Curb

And, of course, there were lots of Coronation themed delicious treats, drinks and sweets available… including this rather delicious looking Union Jack themed tray bake from Fika Coffee Shop!

A delicious Union Jack inspired Coronation Tray Bake, on sale at Fika Coffee and Home

A delicious Union Jack inspired Coronation Tray Bake, on sale at Fika Coffee and Home

At Newton Community Centre, they held a fantastic Vintage Bucks Fizz / Tea Party to mark the Coronation.

There was music and dancing at a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

There was music and dancing at a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Guests enjoy a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Guests enjoy a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Guests enjoyed glass of Bucks Fizz, cream tea and entertainment from The Davies Sisters!

Guests enjoy a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Guests enjoy a Vintage Tea Party to mark the Coronation at Newton Community Centre.

Meanwhile, at Crownway Community Centre, they held a Big Lunch event to mark the historic occasion of the King’s Coronation.

Guests enjoyed a buffet lunch fit for a king, with games, bingo and lots of fun activities!

And Business for Youth (BFY) in Newton-le-Willows marked King Charles III’s coronation by holding a Garden Party which brought together the generations.

The Marquee all decked out for the BFY Garden Party

The Marquee all decked out for the BFY Garden Party

Around 70 local older people were invited to enjoy a Coronation cream tea hosted by local children.

The event was made possible thanks to a successful bit to the National Lottery community fund earlier in the year, and was held in a beautifully decorated marquee in the BFY garden, which was looking fabulous thanks to the hard work of the young volunteers in the weeks before the event, planting and painting to create a really welcoming and colourful environment.

Guests enjoy a Cream Tea at the BFY Coronation Garden Party

Guests enjoy a Cream Tea at the BFY Coronation Garden Party

The cream teas were delivered from the wonderful Scott’s Deli and plated up by the BFY volunteers, led my Nanny Annie Maguire.

Children as young as six years old pitched in to wait on the older guests.

Entertainment came from classical singer, Victoria Byron, who brought many to tears with her beautiful tones. There was also music courtest of from Nathan Higham.

Guests at the BFY Garden Party for local older people

Guests at the BFY Garden Party for local older people

The event ended with a free raffle, a quiz hosted by BFY Secretary David Roberts, and everyone left with a coronation gift.

Let us know how you marked the Coronation in Newton-le-Willows

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