GOD Save The Queen was the resounding message as thousands of revellers in the Dispatch district came out in force to celebrate her landmark Diamond Jubilee.
Rain and economic troubles were put on the backburner during an action-packed, extended Bank Holiday weekend to mark Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.
The party atmosphere spread throughout the Hucknall and Bulwell area, thanks to events ranging from the traditional to the original and spectacular.
One of the more eyecatching attractions was a trio of red, white and blue spotlights that were switched on at 10 pm on Bank Holiday Monday and could be seen in the sky across Hucknall.
There was disappointment that organiser Ashfield District Council did not reveal the location — The Ranges on the border of Hucknall and Linby — ahead of time so revellers could be at the switch-on. But this was for security reasons because heavy-duty and expensive equipment had to be used.
The lights were part of a spectacular chain of thousands of beacons lit across the country to mark the Jubilee.
One in Bulwell — housed in a medieval-style basket five metres in the air — was lit on Monday night at The Bogs recreation park.
Schools laid on an action-packed array of events as they prepared for the half-term break. These included a mock Coronation at Hillside Primary in Hucknall and a joint street party between Leen Mills and Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primaries in the town.
Churches joined the celebrations too, while the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall, held a ‘Best Of British’ craft fair and a giant indoor street party. Hucknall Town Football Club staged a family fun day that was a huge hit.
What’s more, the whole weekend went off safely, with no problems reported by the police.