Was it a very good year for Great Britain and you? – Part Two – General
Part One highlighted The Olympics which took place in London from 27th July to 12th August – click link below:-
Part Two highlights many other great events and news
Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne of Great Britain for 60 years, and in early June celebrated her diamond jubilee. She is considered queen for 16 nations and the titular head of 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations. All celebrated this very special event.
If you watched the celebrations in June, you saw hundreds of thousands of people (who braved somewhat miserable weather) line the banks of the River Thames and watch a flotilla of a thousand boats of every possible kind pass under Tower Bridge and salute the queen. By any standard, this event broke many records.
The 1,000-boat flotilla, the jubilee concert and the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral will no doubt remain some of the most photographed events in modern history. The jubilee celebrations were almost three years in planning; and apart from the weather—always unpredictable in England—they all went off without a noticeable hitch! Of course, Queen Elizabeth missed having her husband, Prince Philip, by her side for the last two days of celebration. At 91 years old, many were concerned for his health after he was taken to King Edward VII hospital with a bladder infection.
Source: Paul Suckling, News and Prophecy Blog
Some important Anniversaries – too many to mention but I would like personally to add a few highlights which have influenced me in one way or another.
50th Anniversary of The Beatles First Record
They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, “Love Me Do”, became a modest hit in late 1962. On 4 September 1962, , they arrived at EMI Studios in London early in the afternoon where they set up their equipment in Studio 3 and began rehearsing six songs including: “Love Me Do.” “Love Me Do” is the Beatles‘ first single, backed by “P.S. I Love You” and released on 5 October 1962. When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom, it peaked at number seventeen; in 1982 it was re-issued and reached number four. In the United States the single was a number one hit in 1964. As they say “the rest is history.”
50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones
Couples take last unusual wedding date of the century 12/12/12
By Josephine McDermott BBC News, London
Fifty-one ceremonies will take place in the district of Gretna in southern Scotland, which is well known for Gretna Green – a 25-fold increase on the same day last year.
It will be just over 88 years before 01/01/2101 comes around.
In Gloucestershire, West England, there will be 12 ceremonies. The number of weddings on an average Wednesday is one.
‘Won’t forget date’
THERE ARE MANY OTHER HIGHLIGHTS TO REMEMBER too numerous to mention here – one could refer to a sad one – “The sinking of the Titanic” one hundred years ago on 12th April 1912 but we are only here to look back at the good times! IF YOU WOULD LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT YOUR MEMORIES FOR THIS YEAR PLEASE WRITE IN THE REPLY BOX BELOW.
The highest of our personal highlights
This was the birth of our first grandson on 29th June in Japan. His name is Jack and our son John and Chihiro are the very proud parents. Almost every day we receive photos and short videos of Jack so although Japan is nearly 6,000 miles away we are seeing our grandson growing up so quickly.
We would much prefer to cuddle him personally as very excited grandparents but we will have to wait a short while longer before they visit us here in Westward Ho! North Devon into 2013! Our daugher Claire and my sister Jean live locally and they are also so looking forward to seeing them all.
AND FINALLY I COULD NOT RESIST SHOWING A VIDEO BELOW OF FRANK SINATRA SINGING “IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR!” – click link below:-
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