This coming Saturday, June 10th, is the beginning of this year’s Victorian and Steampunk Celebration. From 10am that day, there will be a marquee by the Landmark Theatre with at least one member of the Victorian Committee ready to answer questions, sell tickets to events, accept donations, etc. you will be able to get up to date information on times and locations of all events from the people in that marquee.
From 2pm the same day, there will be a parade, starting at the Candar and finishing at Runnymede Gardens. Once there, stay – from 3pm, the Mayor will host the Mayor’s tea party, giving us the chance to see our Town, District and County Councillor and Mayor in the elegant person of Paul Crabb in all his mayoral regalia. The day concludes with the remarkable voice of Elizabeth Kemp at 8pm in Emmanuel Church.
The next day’s events begin in Runnymede Gardens with the blessing from Canon Michael Rogers, continue with the Mr & Mrs Ilfracombe and Prince & Princess competitions and conclude with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, at which the art competition awards will be handed out. Last year’s competition produced some outstanding work, and I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.
You can get details of other events from the marquee or by buying a programme or from the website http://www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.co.uk/programme.html.
This Thursday is Election Day. Oh, you noticed – it would be difficult not to! It has been a very interesting election, in the sense of that supposed Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”. I will be glad when it is over. After a lot of dithering, I finally filled out and posted my postal vote at the weekend. However, if you have not yet voted, I urge you to get out and vote.
Finally, a letter in last week’s Journal suggests that the column there, and so presumably this blog, would be better written by a local who knows the past of Ilfracombe. I am the last to denigrate the acquisition of knowledge, especially about our lovely town, but obviously I disagree. The column, like this blog, is about the living present, not the dead past. A clue can be found in its title – “Ilfracombe Life”, not “Ilfracombe Death”. I wonder whether the people who have criticised the column would be willing and able to write one in my place. Before I was persuaded to take up my pen and during the time I declined to do so, I gather the Journal were unable to find a volunteer.
I have been told that, in order to be considered a local, you have to have buried a grandparent in town. Unfortunately, all of my grandparents have long since been buried in diverse locations all over the UK. However, there are several people around town who I would happily bury, whether they willed it or not, and I am sure that at least some of them must be grandparents. Does this count?