Joyful Lord Lieutenant completes Jubilee Jaunt challenge

The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw has completed the final leg of her epic series of Jubilee Jaunts to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Saturday (July 23), Annie took on her toughest trek yet, taking in some of West Somerset’s most breath-taking sights, including the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon.

Mrs Maw broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia. But she hasn’t let life in a wheelchair get in the way of commemorating Her Majesty’s reign, traversing 70 miles across Somerset in seven sections over the past two months in her motorised buggy.

She has been accompanied by local Duke of Edinburgh students on every section of her journey.

Following completion of the final leg of her journey on Saturday, Mrs Maw said: “It has been a wonderful experience to see so much of our county’s outstanding scenery during these excursions, but even better to meet so many inspiring young people who have joined me along the way.

“The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a once in a lifetime event, and I am delighted to have been able to help Somerset pay tribute to Her Majesty in this way.”

Annie finishing her series of Jaunts neatly rounds off Somerset’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations which has seen dozens of dazzling street parties, the lighting of beacons across the county, and hundreds of new trees planted for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

You can see a great reflection of how Somerset celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in an official film put together by former BBC Correspondent and now Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, Clinton Rogers. It features material he has gathered, plus contributions from members of the public in all corners of the county and both BBC and ITV.

You can view the video here:

The plan is for a copy of the film to be held in the county records office in Taunton, so future generations can see how the Platinum Jubilee was marked in Somerset.


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