Display by ‘Red Barrows’ at Fittleworth diamond jubilee celebrations

Jubilee celebrations in Fittleworth
Jubilee celebrations in Fittleworth

Fittleworth Jubilee Village Fete began in style with the jubilee princess, Imogen Brash, in a royal blue open-topped Bentley leading a procession from the Millennium Arch, through the village, to the recreation ground.

The afternoon drew big crowds and was filled with fun and entertainment. The latter included a hilarious display by the ‘Red Barrows’ squadron. The ‘pilots’, dressed in red coveralls, steered their bright red wheelbarrows, cleverly disguised as fighter jets, in a series of deft and co-ordinated manoeuvres on the sports ground.

The Millennium Arch outside the Swan Hotel was decorated with four beautifully carved and painted giant imperial crowns studded with realistic-looking jewels, all designed and made by the vicar, the Rev Richard Wynn.

His wife, Sally, assisted by Caro Hinman, Roz Denny and Viv Benham, spent two months intensively stitching unique and colourful bunting to further adorn the arch. The design incorporated classic Union flags interspersed with summery flowers, and fluttered high above the road thanks to Petworth fire officers who scaled their ladders to drape the bunting from the centre of the arch onto the pillars either side of the road.