How the Isle marked Jubilee celebrations

Epworth nostalgia.
Epworth nostalgia.

The Silver Jubilee to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 25 years on the throne sparked huge celebrations across the Isle of Axholme.

The occasion in 1977 was marked by street parties, town centre gatherings and church services across the region and country.

Owston Ferry resident Paul Snow captured part of the celebrations in the village with this photograph.

The 73-year-old retired machine worker, of Trent House, High Street, remembers the festivities of the day.

He said: “It was of course a huge event that the nation celebrated.

“In Owston Ferry market place we had a bit of a stage set up where people dressed as jesters entertained the crowds.

“There was quite a lot of people gathered. Some of them were also dressed up to mark the occasion.

“There was other things going off all day, street parties and the like.

“It was a joyous occasion for many people. It was nice to see people meet up and celebrate.”

This picture is the latest in a batch of old snaps taken down the years by Mr Snow.

He added: “I am a keen photographer and used to take snaps of this and that.

“I like landscapes, but also have taken pictures of old buildings.

“It is always nice to come back to them 20 or 30 years down the line to have a look at them.

“They always stir up old memories for me and I hope other people too.”