May 15

Diamond Queens

Queen Elizabeth II will be only the second British monarch to celebrate sixty years on the throne.  The last time we had a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria’s in 1897.  On that occasion, Herne Bay’s celebrations involved the whole town, as this extract from the Kentish Gazette illustrates:


The Royal Naval Reserve, Foresters, Oldfellows, Rowing Club, Cycle Club and Fire Brigade, headed by a band marched in procession.  Tea was provided for about 1000 children and was followed by the presentation of medals.  Athletic sports, open to inhabitants of 15 to 20 took place in the Dairy Field.  There was a ladies decorated cycle parade.  At the Pier Pavilion a hot dinner, tea and entertainment was provided to 300 old couples.  The town was decorated and illuminated and a bonfire lighted on Beacon Hill at 10 o’clock.

This June Herne Bay will be decorated with festive bunting from the High Street to the Seafront.  There is an exhibition of work by local artists at the Kings Hall Foyer until June 11th and Herne Bay Little Theatre are holding a fundraising Jubilee Quiz on May 27th.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend there will be a fair on Central Parade (between Lane End and the Pier Platform) and an Italian Market on the Clocktower Plaza.  Check our Events Calendar for full details of these and other things happening in Herne Bay.


The Pier Trust is holding a Jubilee Tea Party on Sunday 3rd June for invited local children and guests.  There will be live music, games and our own Herne Bay Carnival Queen and Princesses will be visiting.