Dargaville & Districts
The invitation stated "posh frocks and tiaras optional" so everyone dressed up to attend the high tea at the Dargaville Lighthouse on Sunday of Queen's Birthday weekend.
There was much excitement as names were recorded on cards and guests queued at the entrance.
Once inside guests were formally introduced to all by the master of ceremonies and then found themselves meeting the "Queen" and "Prince Philip" and further down the reception line, the "Lord Mayor of London and The Lady Mayoress".
Guests were seated at tables clad in embroidered linen cloths and were served cakes and sandwiches on the best matching china.
Endless cups of tea were poured from heavy silver teapots.
Everyone was delighted to hear the "Queen's speech" specially composed for the occasion.
She explained that due to a mechanical problem the "royal jet" was forced to land at Dargaville airport, and a last-minute decision was made to attend the high tea.
This was a serendipitous decision as the event had been planned to celebrate the 60th jubilee of the Queen's coronation.
"The Queen" said she was planning to return with the rest of the family and would spend time travelling down the river and around the harbour in the royal barge.
Guest entertainers were vocalists Anna Marie Cutts, Cindy Randall and pianist Judith Herbert. This fun afternoon was organised by Dargaville Museum staff and volunteers led by Margaret Tier.
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