What a year it’s been so far for the little old UK. We’ve commemorated 100 years since the Titanic sank to the depths (and educated a good many people who thought it was just a Kate Winslet film), had a wonderful time at the Chelsea Flower Show, celebrated Charles Dickens’ wit and whimsy and seen the Olympic Torch Relay get going in preparation for the Games. And this is all without even thinking about one of the most important events of the entire year – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The celebrations really have done Our Liz proud and it’s been truly wonderful to see how the great British public have embraced the occasion and really come out in their patriotic droves to wish her majesty well and congratulate her on 60 years well spent. Here at the Two Moors Festival, we’ve always been supportive of the monarchy and so were particularly pleased when we were able to secure two tickets to the Diamond Jubilee concert on Monday (June 4th).
And how lucky we were with the weather as well! While it rained down on the royals for the flotilla the day before, the 20,000-strong crowd of gig-goers were treated to an evening of warm sunshine and relatively cloudless skies. Not that inclement weather would have dampened their spirits, however – everyone was buzzing with excitement so much (even in the humungous queues to get in) that the air was simply electric.
With a line-up including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Madness and Cliff Richard, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the evening was going to be a special one – and the fact that the Queen even made an appearance (although she did miss Tom Jones) really was the perfect end to a fantastic day. While everyone played their little cotton socks off, there were a few stand-out acts, as is always the way.
Annie Lennox was a sight to behold in a pair of gigantic angel wings as she rocked out to There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), Tom Jones did the Queen every justice and thoroughly entertained the crowds with Delilah and Grace Jones defied belief by effortlessly hula-hooping while singing Slave to the Rhythm.
There was, however, one surprise success story of the evening and everybody there and watching it on TV seems to agree that Rolf Harris basically stole the show, with his truly heartfelt speeches. “We are here to celebrate a generous and compassionate lady who has given 60 years of service to the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. She has been an inspiration to millions. She has touched hearts throughout the world. A living testimony to the power of kindness, dedication, tolerance and loyalty,” he said.
John Adie, co-founder of the Two Moors Festival, echoed the 82-year-old’s sentiments, saying: “It was fantastic to be up in London for such a historic occasion and seeing so many people hell-bent on celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. It brought home how important the Monarchy is and how it brings the country together – you would never get that in a republic.”
Look out for our photos of street parties and the concert later on this week!
Were you lucky enough to make it to the concert? Who was your favourite act?