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Rutland MP reflects on how county celebrated Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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This month began with a flurry of celebrations as the nation came together to give our thanks to Her Majesty The Queen for her 70 years of service, writes Rutland MP Alicia Kearns (Con).

We in Rutland can be proud of our contribution to the festivities, which I know we all so greatly enjoyed. The Parish Church of All Saints in Oakham held a lovely service to mark the Jubilee, which perfectly encapsulated the spirit of thanksgiving that so emanated throughout the long weekend.

The many jubilee lunches, Pageant parties and beacon lightings gave us all the chance to enjoy time with our neighbours, and I could not help but reflect on Her Majesty’s prophetic words during the height of the covid crisis – ‘we will meet again.’

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns
Rutland MP Alicia Kearns

One of my highlights of the jubilee weekend was the Rutland County Show, which brought together the spirit of the jubilee just perfectly partnered with a glorious celebration of our rural way of life. I would like to give my great thanks to David Wood, Jonny Baker and all the team at the Rutland Agricultural Society and Rutland Showground for all their work.

There was so much to see and do, from the Atkinson Action Horses to the livestock and equine showing, fun for children, for Rutland out in force, and live music and delicious food – the county show truly was Rutland at its absolute best. I also want to thank the countryside charity CPRE Rutland for allowing me and the Mallard Pass Action Group to join them at their stall to raise awareness about the proposed Mallard Pass solar plant. For those who haven’t – please do sign my petition against the proposal, which I will be presenting to parliament.

Darren and Fiona Cox with Jeff Dale and their runner up in the Highland breeds during the Rutland County Show 2022. Photo: Alan Walters
Darren and Fiona Cox with Jeff Dale and their runner up in the Highland breeds during the Rutland County Show 2022. Photo: Alan Walters

The jubilee and Queen’s birthday also saw awards made to those who have given extraordinary service to our county. Barbara Crellin MBE was recognised for her services to Rutland as a voluntary first responder and an unwavering advocate of children’s sports. A well-deserved award for a truly admirable pillar of the community. Leicestershire Search and Rescue were also recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their incredible volunteering across Leicestershire and Rutland, and I want to add my thanks for their life saving work which is outstanding, and I hope to raise in parliament.

Finally, you will be aware that I did not give the Prime Minister my support in the vote of no confidence. The Party has now had its say, and I intend to continue delivering on those priorities that matter most to you, from access to healthcare, to broadband, opportunities for children and securing more funding for our county.

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