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Sale Moor Rangers enjoy a right Royal Weekend

Battersea Park was the centre of the day-long Jubilee celebrations on June 3rd. It witnessed a thousand-boat flotilla which set off down the River Thames to mark the Queen’s sixty-year reign. The following day there was a spectacular Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace featuring Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Annie Lennox to name just a few... Sale Moor Rangers travelled down to London to get involved in the celebrations over this fantastic weekend. Imogen Heaton tells us what they all got up to:

The thirteen of us travelled down in a minibus and stayed in the Scout Park which is to the north of the city and right next to a tube station.  On the Sunday we travelled to Battersea Park; from there we were able to watch the river pageant, even if it was through some foliage!  Unfortunately the weather was awful and we were soaked to our skin by mid-afternoon! At that point we gave up and retreated to the Scout Park to dry off. Monday, we spent the day in the Imperial War Museum.

We then headed down to the Mall to see the concert, where we managed to secure a spot right next to one of the big screens. As we were sat waiting for the concert to begin who should we see but the Chief Guide! Gill Slocombe saw us on the Mall in our matching neckers and came over to talk to us! The concert itself was very exciting and the atmosphere was incredible. Despite having to watch the singers on the screens we could see the fireworks and the Beacon in front of us which made us really feel part of the celebration.

One of my personal favourite moments from the weekend was on our way back to the tube from the concert. As we followed the crowds to the nearest tube station we were singing guiding songs (as you do). Then we began to sing the national anthem and many people around us joined in as we walked - it was a magical moment!
 On Tuesday we got down to the Mall quite early to watch the Queen process to the palace. We managed to get a place only a couple of people away from the barrier. We had camp chairs and entertained ourselves with craft and patriotic face paint for the next couple of hours. After waving at the procession we joined the masses as they flooded down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace.  

Overall the weekend was a lot of fun and we all have a new found love for the royal family - even if we did have to put up with some appalling portable toilets! We all have memories we will cherish forever.
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