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Chestnut Sunday 2011

Chestnut Sunday 2011
Chestnut Sunday 2011

In addition to the usual parade members we had Roundheads and Loyalists – of the Sealed Knot English Civil War Enactment Group – who did battle at the event site and also demonstrated musket proficiency and drill. Later on there was a WWII Howitzer demonstration.

The City of London Police horses led the Parade along with the Horse Rangers Band, Scouts, Veteran Cyclists, many in Victorian dress, plus companion cyclists. Harley Davidsons were followed by classic military vehicles, classic cars, double decker buses, vintage London taxis, and a “Jazz Band in a Trailer” bringing up the rear. There were also enactors from the American Civil War and British soldiers from Gallipoli.

Teddington School Big Band entertained with swing music. We had exhibitions from the Royal Parks, the Bee Keeper, the Horse Rangers, Friends of Bushy Parks, the previously mentioned veteran cycles, classic cars and WWII vehicles.

The Hampton Wick Association had an exhibition of historical photographs and maps of Hampton Wick. These attracted a lot of attention from people who had lived in the village in the past or who had family connections with it.

There were pony rides available. Apart from the pony rides, fairground rides, and food outlets, everything else was FREE including car parking. Many people, taking advantage of the good weather, brought along picnics.

This is an historic event. When Queen Victoria opened Bushy Park to the public it quickly became an attraction for London visitors, particularly on the Sunday nearest 11th May – when chestnut blooms were usually at their best. The celebration died out after WWII but was resurrected by the Hampton Wick Association to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Chestnut Sunday continues to this day. Competition

Many thanks to Colin Pain for this article.

View Chestnut Sunday 2011 photo gallery.

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