Loch celebrates Queen’s reign

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Loch celebrates Queen’s reign

BLUE, red and white adorned the Loch Public Hall on Sunday as the community gathered to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2.
The full day of events began with a thanksgiving service conducted by Reverend Jenny Ramage of the Anglican Parish of Korumburra, followed by a Big Jubilee Lunch and the launch of the Street by Street program.
Performances of English songs by students of Pakenham Springs Primary School and Loch Soccer Club bridged the hemispheres.
The hall was decorated in Union Jacks, and Australian and Victorian flags, and table runners of blue, red and white completed the monarchical theme. The Victorian flag was recently donated by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.
Displays of Queen memorabilia and posters promoting Loch’s groups encapsulated the tight knit community that is Loch.
The lunch replicated similar events now happening across England and included a message from the Queen to the Loch community, thanking them for noting the occasion.
Graeme Hastie of the Loch Village Food and Wine Festival said Loch’s support of the monarchy dated to the First World War.
“This area gave a lot of men and a lot of men have died for Australia and also for England,” he said.
Guest speakers, Queen’s Scout Genevieve Abbott of Korumburra, and Queen’s Guides Alycia Clark and Nicole Harvey of Poowong, spoke about how their awards demanded community service and loyalty to their country.
Ms Harvey brought a teapot made to mark the royal tour of Australia by the Queen’s father King George and mother Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1949. That tour never eventuated due to the King falling ill.
Also on display were painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth 2, and princes William and Harry by artist Gisela Zimmer.
Cosy Kitchen Loch catered for the day and a jubilee cake, modelled on the actual cake in England, was made by Hard Loch Cafe.  South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year, Greig Barry, cut the cake.
The Street by Street program is a national activity designed to urge people to care for elderly, disabled and lonely people in their towns to enhance a sense of community.
South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jennie Deane launched the Loch program, and urged people interested in taking part to register at the Loch Post Office.
The event was part of the fifth Loch Village Food and Wine Festival which was launched at Korumburra Railway Station on Saturday night by Mr Barry.
The event featured drinks and entertainment at the Royal Loch Hotel and 70 guests rode the dinner train of the South Gippsland Tourist Railway, later enjoying the launch of Windy Ridge Winery’s 2010 pinot noir.
The final two tickets were sold to Melbourne residents who had seen an article about the festival in The Saturday Age that day.
Last night, the Loch and District Community Association held a barbecue at Loch Primary School, before the Loch CFA set up an electronic beacon at Cape Horn on Loch-Wonthaggi Road, joining the throng of beacons being lit around the Commonwealth to mark the jubilee.

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