Gabrielle Dempster, Marilyn Varvaro and Claire McCleand celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
Gabrielle Dempster, Marilyn Varvaro and Claire McCleand celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Rob Williams

Ipswich celebrates Diamond Jubilee

IPSWICH royalists joined their English counterparts in congratulating Queen Elizabeth for her 60 years on the throne.

Many of the Queen's supporters who gathered for a morning tea at the Humanities Building had keenly watched the diamond jubilee celebrations on the other side of the world.

While sampling an array of tasty morsels, they sang the national anthem of the old country, God Save the Queen, a song they were very familiar with growing up.

Gabrielle Dempster tuned in to the jubilee celebrations on the River Thames over the weekend, watching the procession of water craft into the early hours.

Mrs Dempster has followed Queen Elizabeth's life intently since the coronation 60 years ago.

"Always. When the coronation was on they showed it in the Wintergarden Theatre, where RT Edwards is today," she said.

The theatre was packed with school students from across Ipswich.

"I was in high school and it was a big event for everybody."

Mrs Dempster has followed the life and times of Queen Elizabeth with great interest.

"I think she's done a great job over her 60 years. I think she brings a bit of stability."

Ipswich 60 and Better co-ordinator Anne Bertram said it was fantastic to see so many royalists enjoy the celebrations.

"I was quite surprised by the amount of interest," she said.

Queen Elizabeth said she was deeply touched by the celebrations, which began on Saturday.

More than 500,000 revellers surrounded a stage in front of Buckingham Palace for a concert featuring Kylie Minogue.

Australian Surf Life Saving boats were part of the fleet in Sunday's procession on the Thames.



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