Bristol celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

  • 3 June 2012
  • From the section Bristol
The Matthew leaving Bristol for the Jubilee Pageant in London
Image caption The Matthew was moored on the Thames in an Avenue of Sail

Bristol's Millennium Square was the focus of the city's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a Big Lunch and a big screen showing the events in London.

Two Bristol boats - the Matthew and the Pyronaut - were among the vessels taking part in the Jubilee Pageant.

Bristol's celebrations began on Saturday with a party at the M Shed museum.

Other Sunday celebrations included a picnic at Portishead Lake Grounds organised by churches in the town.

In Millennium Square, children's workshops took place in partnership with interactive science centre At-Bristol with events such as designing a crown and building a boat.

There was also live music from Portishead Town Band and entertainment from walkabout act Balloonatic.

A big screen showed the Jubilee Pageant.

The Matthew, a 15th Century tall ship, was moored on the Thames in an Avenue of Sail for those vessels that were too large to go under the Thames bridges.

BBC Points West's Jules Hyam, who was on board the ship, said the vessel was "greeted with cheers, waves and smiles" by the crowds as it passed by.

The Pyronaut, which was one of 1,000 in the flotilla, is a firefighting boat that was used in the Blitz. It was built in Bristol in 1934.

Hundreds of people have also attended a special service of thanksgiving at Bath Abbey, featuring music from the 1953 Coronation Service.

And a full peal of bells started at 11:30 and will finish at 15:30 BST.

Royal memorabilia was on display at the Burlington Street Centre in Weston-super-Mare, and Keynsham High Street was taken over by a street party with seating for 400 people.

Parties also took place in Abbotswood Shopping Centre in Yate, Fishponds and Westbury on Trym.

But not everyone was enthusiastic about the Jubilee. In Stokes Croft, the community group People's Republic of Stokes Croft organised an evening of "lively Republican discourse".

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