Jeremy Williams of Luccote, Much Marcle says Diamond Jubilee day not all about Herefordshire (From Hereford Times)
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Jeremy Williams of Luccote, Much Marcle says Diamond Jubilee day not all about Herefordshire
8:00am Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Letters
THE DIAMOND Jubilee event on King George V Playing Fields was in large part to celebrate Herefordshire and its community. I am sure for many it did.
The atmosphere was pleasant, with a lot of happy youngsters and townsfolk. I believe the event was also to give a high profile to Herefordshire Traditional dance, music and poetry.
When the Queen arrived at the enclosed main arena I was very surprised to find the main “folk”
performers to be seen were a Highland marching pipe band and Earlsdon clog dancing morrismen of Coventry. I did not know if I was in Caithness or Coventry.
As good as these groups are, Herefordshire and the surrounding areas are alive with musicians and Morris sides of the Welsh border tradition who are capable of just as an energetic performance.
Why was a highland bagpipe band chosen to represent Hereford over any of the number of excellent local folk musicians who energise events such as Bromyard Folk Festival?
As for the poetry, Ledbury Poetry Festival is full of the frighteningly young and very talented. Their poetry could have been read during the Queen's visit instead of what was.
JEREMY WILLIAMS, Luccote, Much Cowarne .
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