The St Osyth Branch of the Royal British Legion held a Tea Party on Monday 4th June 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, to which they invited all residents who said they would like to attend. The event was held in the village hall and started at 4 p.m. You can see from the photographs below that it was well attended and the RBL draw for special jubilee coins worth over 200 was to take place on the afternoon. The tickets for this draw were priced at 5 each and the Legion expected to raise around 1,000, which would be divided amongst three local charities.


From the stage one can see tables around the hall leaving the centre free for a later activity


All stand to drink the loyal toast ----


--- to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll


Here and below, pictures of every table.


Here and below, pictures of every table.











R.B.L. ladies and others serving at the tables


The Morris Men invited to entertain the guests, perform traditional old English Dancing using a variety of sticks and handkerchiefs. Our Morris Men wore headdresses probably made from pheasant feathers and their faces were painted in contrasting colours, which meant that in some cases such strong colour was used, that one view of a dancer changed completely when he turned 180 degrees. The music they danced to was provided by a lady member of the group and each dance had a caller, rather like present day country dancing. Not all Morris groups are the same, sometimes Morris Dancers are seen with Swords and bells making quite a noise when stamping their feet.



R.B.L. apprentice dancers?


The lady Morris musician can be seen at the back playing her accordion


Basil Hutley & John Stiff, overlooked by Michael Talbot
check to verify every entry to the raffle


Basil, who is President of the Local British Legion,
draws the two prize winners name from the drum


Tina Edwards leads the singing of Land of Hope
and Glory as a very fitting finale.


As those present sing some wave their Union Flags
enthusiastically in support.

M.J.T.
6/6/12

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