Friday, 29 July 2011

Blackmore: Royal Wedding 1981

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on 29 July 1981 is remembered as the greatest wedding of the twentieth century.  The marriage ended in divorce, unhelpful publicity, and separately the death of the Princess of Wales in a car crash in 1997 which shook the nation.  But in the happier times the wedding of 1981 stood out. The day was a public holiday, and Blackmore celebrated with a Children's Tea Party and Entertainment at 4.30pm on Horse Fair Green followed by Country Dancing with Dick Newton and his music at 7.30pm.  The day concluded with a Ceremonial procession with bonfire, community singing and fireworks.

The Blackmore Village Fayre was held in May where participants were encouraged to "wear your smocks or other forms of mediaeval costume and encourage others to do so".

A curious local tradition is wheat whopping, but one of only 30-odd years standing created for the Fayre. "The Wheat Whoppers of Blackmore will be sending Lady Diana a Garter to wear on her weddiing day".  

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