Queen’s jubilee concert

MORE than 100 people attended the Derwent Valley Council’s concert in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Monday night. The Derwent Valley Concert Band was in fine form as always, and the entertainment was extended with a performance by the Derwent Valley Community Choir (pictured).

Master of ceremonies Layton Hodgetts kept the evening running smoothly and concert band conductor Lyall McDermott gave interesting insights into the music performed – from patriotic British tunes to iconic Australian songs. The concert started with God Save the Queen and ended with Advance Australia Fair.

Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans performed the official opening and New Norfolk Historical Information Centre Committee chairman Tony Nicholson gave an historical address on the significance of the queen’s long reign. Floral arrangements were organised by Sandra Nicholson and the catering for supper was undertaken by Joan Excell. A loyal toast was proposed by Mr Hodgetts.

On February 6, 1952, the Princess Elizabeth became monarch at the age of 25 following the sudden death of her father, King George VI. It has been foreshadowed that another concert will be given next year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation.

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