Several hundred people gathered on Fernhurst Recreation Ground for a picnic to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The afternoon was organised by Judith Turner, chairman of the Fernhurst Society, assisted by many people from the village and Penny Sydenham – who created an impromptu choir from members of Fernhurst Choral Society and St Margaret’s Church, Fernhurst – and Terry Parkhouse, who provided the sound system.

The choir, accompanied by Susie Walker on electronic piano, led the community singing of patriotic songs, including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope of Glory, folk songs from the four nations of the United Kingdom, and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

This was followed by a rendition of God Save The Queen.

As is traditional at village fetes and community events, the afternoon included a fun dog show with classes such as the dog with waggiest tail.