'Pearly' helps celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Tsawwassen
If you spot a “Pearly” in the vicinity of 51A St. on June 3, you are not in London, but in Tsawwassen, where the congregation of St. David’s Anglican Church will celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The pearl-bedecked jackets, trousers and caps of the London costermongers are a familiar sight in England, but not so in South Delta where parishioner Dawn Repin takes on the role to draw attention to a very special event.
At noon on June 3, parishioners, friends and neighbours will come together on the church parking lot to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a “Big Lunch” party.
It is a first-of-its-kind event in Tsawwassen and is based on the “Big Lunch” initiative in the UK, now in its fourth year.
In Britain, the popular event takes place in towns, villages and hamlets across the nation when friends and neighbours are encouraged to share lunch, fellowship, music and games “Block Party” style.
When St. David’s community gathers to celebrate the Queen of Canada’s 60-year reign, it will be joining the peoples of the Commonwealth across the world in one “Big Jubilee Lunch” – an event included in the official Diamond Jubilee weekend, June 2-5.
Under flags and bunting, a potluck lunch and barbecue, cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, decorated cakes, music, songs and dance promises a jolly good time in the cul-de-sac at St. David’s from noon to 3 p.m. on June 3.
Face-painting, races and games, pavement painting and a Bouncy Castle inflatable will entertain the Queen’s younger subjects, while older youth test their skills on a supervised climbing wall.
A Diamond Jubilee Community Garden on St. David’s Church grounds is the on-going parish commemoration of a Royal milestone. A Queen Elizabeth rose will be planted in the new Jubilee Garden on June 3.