Throughout the generations, Stretton has always enjoyed a good party.
In 1856 when Richard Greenall married Eliza Lyon of Appleton Hall, cannons were fired at 6 o’clock in the morning and there was a joyous peal of bells. According to Clare Furneaux’s book on the Lyon Family, after the marriage ceremony there was a great deal of feasting and Mr. Cliffe of the Cat and Lion supplied strangers with bread and cheese. The poor were delighted with the generous fare; the church wardens and several kind ladies carved two rounds of sheep and 24 couples of rabbits. There was a farmers’ tea party with ham, tongue and fowl. There were speeches galore and dancing until midnight.
In 1902 the celebrations were held in the grounds of Spark Hall and included a service, sports for both children and adults and a tea party:
In 1937 the theme continued with games a tea to celebration the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth:
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was again cause for further celebrations. A commemorative booklet was produced which provides interesting details of the amount of organisation behind the big day:
In more recent years, the village continues to celebrate royal events. In 2012, parties were held in Stretton to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Former vicar, Elaine Chegwin Hall recalled in Stretton Parish Council‘s newsletter that it was ‘party fit for a queen! Despite the weather we managed to have a chocolate tombola, raffle, face painting, sports, hunt the lolly, cardboard castle, children’s and adults’ crafts and an opportunity to be Queen and Prince for the day through the clever efforts of those who painted an outline so that people could pop their head through for a photo. Also the refreshments were marvellous; thanks to the behind the scenes organisers and those who helped during the day.’
In Lower Stretton around 80 residents gathered for tea and cakes and a jubilee hat competition. Other competitions included table olympics; boules; guess the jubilee teddy; guess the number of sweets and pin the crown on the Queen. After the activities had finished and all the prizes were awarded, all children were presented with a jubilee mug hand-painted with ‘Lower Stretton 2012’ to commemorate the event. Then the BBQ started and lots of eating and drinking followed.
The village continues with the Walking Day celebrations each July.