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Forever young Lily hopes to be at ‘many more’ Buckley Jubilees

Published date: 15 July 2017 |
Published by: David Humphreys 
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A great-grandmother who has attended almost every Buckley Jubilee in her 101 years said she hopes to be at “many more” yet.

Lily Hutchinson has been to nearly all of the festivals held on the second Tuesday in July in the town since her birth back in 1916.

Speaking after the 161st event was held through the rainy town streets this week, the grandmother of five, who took part in the parade on a bus through the town, said she “wouldn’t know what it was like” without the Jubilee.

She said: “It’s tradition really, it’s always the Buckley Jubilee. When I first went it was different altogether.

“It’s proper Buckley, everyone likes it, it makes me proud to be from Buckley.

“I hope to be going next year and many more after that.”

Her son, mayor of Buckley, Cllr Dennis Hutchinson said he was impressed to see so many people turn out in the face of miserable weather.

He said: “Considering what were atrocious conditions, credit to the spectators who lined the route as they do every year.

“It was still a great success as was the march from Buckley Common.”

The mayor also gave his take on why, after more than 150 years, the Jubilee continues to be popular with town residents.

“It’s been going for 161 years and it’s a tradition that the town loves to support,” he said.

“People come from far and wide, people who don’t live here any more come to support it and it’s a wonderful tradition that people have kept up.”

His mother Lily was arguably the most experienced of those taking part.

The mayor said: “I think she’s only ever missed one and this year has attended once again. Last year she was a bit poorly and was advised not to go but she’s definitely done a very big number, probably every one but that.”

Among the paraders on Tuesday were inspector Gareth Richards from North Wales Police who was photographed at the front holding an umbrella aloft for those leading the procession.

Congratulations and tributes were paid to the bands, Cambria Band and Royal Buckley Town Band, who paraded through the rain with their instruments after a service led by Reverend Rob Balfour on the Common.

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