The sun came out just before the High Sheriff had the pleasure at 11am of formally opening this special Cobham event to mark Her Majesty’s unique Jubilee. The Leg O’ Mutton field, a perfect venue for such a day, provided a large selection of interesting stalls with temptations for the hundreds of visitors of all ages. Classic and vintage vehicles were on display. A traditional Punch and Judy theatre fascinated small children, and doubtless some adults who maybe hadn’t seen such a show for many years. The Cobham Band played beautifully, the Cobham branch of the Show Choir sang a great mix of songs in several sessions and the Susan Roberts Dance Academy performed to the delight of all who appreciate such skilled movement.
The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux gave an address at 12.45, paying tribute to HM the Queen for her 70 years of dedicated service to the country and the Commonwealth. The National Anthem was then sung and it seemed with more passion, no doubt because of this special occasion.
At 2.30pm in nearby St Andrew’s Church Dr David Taylor F.S.A., a local historian, gave an instructive talk on the history of the church and recent discoveries which suggest that it dates from before the 12th century, perhaps being on the site of an Anglo-Saxon place of worship.
The famous Cobham Duck Race along the Mole was held at 4pm, started by the Mayor of Elmbridge, with over 8000 bright yellow numbered ducks participating. All the proceeds of tickets bought to pick the winner help the trust and Cobham Combined Charities.
After a gap since 2019 it was great fun to have another Cobham Day like this and sincere thanks go to Elizabeth Kennedy and all who organised a splendid time for everybody. This local charity works on behalf of the local community to maintain and improve local heritage, precious conservation areas, and local open spaces.