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Hundreds attend spectacular Coronation day event 

Town crier and Mayor on stage.

Hundreds of people flocked to Farnham’s Coronation celebration on Saturday which was organised by Farnham Town Council. 

Undeterred by the wet weather, people brought their umbrellas and pitched pop up tents for shelter. Gostrey Meadow was a mass of red, white and blue as people flew their Union flags and even wore them as capes! 

Farnham’s new town crier Michael Stephens made his debut appearance. Looking resplendent and in fine voice, he heralded the start of the festivities. 

Well-wishers were able to watch every moment of the King’s Coronation on a large 20m² screen. Later in the afternoon, the party atmosphere continued with live music and dancing in the meadow. 

The band line-up included Alder Valley Brass Band, Vic Cracknell swing band and the Fabulous Funky Funks. The rain finally stopped just in time for Coronation headliners ‘Coldplace’ to close the event with a set of huge crowd-pleasing hits. As well as great music, the audience was also treated to a daring display by a firebreather. 

Councillor Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham said: “We were thrilled with Saturday’s turnout. The atmosphere was celebratory and everybody seemed happy and proud to have the opportunity to come together and share in this historic event to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.”

Farnham’s Coronation party included entertainment for all ages. In addition to the live music, there were two free craft workshops hosted by New Ashgate Gallery and Farnham Maltings, free face-painting and food and drink stalls selling culinary delights fit for a King!

Photos of the celebration can be seen on Farnham Town Council’s website at

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