Mario has had a great weekend celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. After some last minute preparation – fitting specially made bunting and the Corgi’s, we set off bright and early on Saturday morning for Goodwood. Mario had been invited to join a group of vehicles to represent Goodwood in the Chichester Gala Procession.
The group soon moved off in convoy to central Chichester where the carnival was assembling. There was quite a bit of waiting around but there was a lot to see with all the other participants arriving and setting up their floats.
Eventually the procession set off, Mario was leading the Goodwood contingent and as we were in the first batch we were quite near the front. The atmosphere was good with people sitting by the road waving flags and waving but nothing had prepared us fro when we turned into the pedestrian area in North Street. Here the crowd was four or five deep with everybody shouting ‘Taxi’ at Mario. You could hear voices over the cheering and as usual Mario received lots of favourable comments.
The procession wound it’s way down East Street and back to the park where we had a chance to watch the rest of the groups come back, there were some great entries including ‘Britannia’, George and the Dragon and some exceedingly cute kids dressed up in uniforms.
The Carnival was great fun and it was a lovely sunny day. The same couldn’t be said for Sunday morning when we woke up to drizzle but decided to go back to Goodwood for the Jubilee Breakfast Club – the ‘Best of British’. We weren’t very early but by the time we got there the sun was peaking out and a good number of British cars were on display. To be honest we didn’t see anything that interesting but rather liked this Ford Grenada which used to belong to the Royal family and was used at Sandringham.
We particularly liked the Corgis on display but disaster was about to happen, when we got back to Mario one of our Corgi’s had exploded, it had come out much sunnier than expected and we hadn’t moved them off the parcel shelf so the heat had caused the Helium to expand and hence the demise of Corgi One before his big day…