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The Coronation Community Procession on Sunday 7 May was led by the Town Crier, the Macebearer – in the traditional role of protecting the Mayor – the Town Clerk and Councillors – all wearing the magnificent robes made for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1846.

Processing with them to the rousing sound of The Band of TS Implacable NTC were Canon David Twinley from St Nicholas Arundel, Deacon David Clifton from Arundel Cathedral and Pastor Jim Braddock from Arundel Baptist Church, Explorers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from 1st Arundel Scouts and Arundel Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, the Royal British Legion, Arundel Museum volunteers and ‘Team Arundel’, a joint venture in 2022 from the Council and Arundel Festival of the Arts to officially recognise the team of fantastic volunteers who support all manner of projects and events in the town.

The Commemorative service brought together the town’s three churches to mark this historic occasion. The Town Crier delivered the Coronation Proclamation and two young Brownies read a poem to celebrate the work of our wonderful volunteers, very much in keeping with the King’s wish that the Coronation celebrations will create a legacy of volunteering.

Afterwards in Jubilee Gardens, residents and visitors continued the celebrations by enjoying uplifting and toe-tapping music played by The Phoenix Big Band. Pink’s Paints were in the gardens all day creating beautifully royal designs on smiling faces and we were proud to support the work of the charity My Sisters’ House CIO as well as fundraise for this year’s Arundel Festival through our charity bucket collections – thank you for your generosity.

On Monday 8 May, the Council continued with the work begun with The Queen’s Green Canopy by dedicating the three rowan trees our volunteer tree wardens have planted in the open triangle of land at the Canada Road/Torton Hill Road junction. The bench has been refurbished, and new plaques added commemorating the Coronation.

Our town’s Coronation celebrations continued as residents came together to host Big Coronation Lunches over the weekend.

Finally, TheBigHelpOut Coronation Community Morning on 8 May helped to connect potential new volunteers with organisations needing help with the many volunteer-led projects in our town. Whether your interest lies with charity fundraising, gardening, the environment, sustainability, youth projects, or music, arts and culture projects and events, there are volunteering opportunities galore in our beautiful town.

If you would like to offer help with any of the organisations involved with the Coronation celebrations, you can contact them directly, or find out about other community groups who may benefit from your help, time or skills on the Love Arundel website https://www.visitarundel.co.uk/love…/community-groups/

Alternatively pop into the Town Hall (open 9-1 Mon-Fri) for more information.

Thank you to all our marvellous volunteers behind the scenes and on the day, and to our fabulous photographic record of the Coronation celebrations taken by Charlie Waring, one of our volunteer photographers – thank you Charlie! To see all Charlie’s images from the weekend, visit our Coronation Celebrations album on our Facebook page.