WHITEHAVEN DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS.
If there is any desire on the part of the Mayor and Corporation of the
borough of Whitehaven to follow the example of other places in commemorating
the Diamond Jubilee, it surely is time that some scheme was being drafted
and all necessary preparations being made, as, if it is considered advisable
to do anything at all, there is not much time left now to carry out the
details. It is beyond my comprehension to understand what the Mayor is
waiting for. If it is a suggestion that is needed to supply the ground work
for some immediate action, the following is thrown out in hopes that
consideration may be given to the subjects as soon as possible, that is if
his Worship means or wishes to do anything at all: --
General decorations of private houses and places of business by the
Varied structural arches on the streets, and decorations of the public
buildings by the Corporation and Harbour Commissioners.
Meeting of the Corporation, Harbour Commissioners, Public Officials, Clergy,
Rifles and Artillery, Lifeboat and Rocket Brigades, Police, Friendly and
Benefit Societies, Professional Men, Tradesmen, and others at the Market
The National Anthem to be sung.
Volley firing by the Volunteers.
Aquatic sports in the harbour and Rocket and Lifeboat practices.
Cycle procession through the streets with small banners.
Athletic and bicycle sports, with cricket and general games, in the Cricket
Field, and engagement of special entertainments, such as Punch and Judy,
performing dogs, conjuring, acrobats, &c.
Band playing in the field.
Roasting an ox and a sheep in or near to the Cricket Field.
Feasting in the Cricket Field of the poor, old, and young, from the roasted
ox, sheep, and other provisions, with ale, tea, aerated waters, &c.
Presentation of oranges, cakes, and medals to the children. Tobacco and
snuff to the adults.
Planting a Commemoration Tree.
Public dinner at about six o'clock in the evening at the Town Hall, or at
one of the hotels.
Dancing and general amusements in the Cricket Field in the evening.
Bonfires and fireworks on Arrowthwaite at ten o'clock p.m.
Lighted cycles and torch-light procession.
These crude suggestions are offered with a view to get the authorities to
show some sign one way or another as to whether they intend to arouse
themselves, and rise to the occasion in a spirited and suitable manner.
If it is desirable that any action should be taken, the sooner it is gone
about the better, and it is advisable that the residents should know and be
prepared in good time, otherwise the Jubilee celebrations in Whitehaven will
be a proper frost, and a reflection upon the town, the Corporation, and the