Tristan da Cunha Queen's Day
The annual Queen's Day public holiday features various activities to celebrate the Queen's birthday, held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer/Early Autumn.

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Queen's Day Tradition

The Tristan da Cunha community is proud of its British heritage.

Tristan homes commonly feature portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the annual Queen's Day public holiday is always a special event with a range of activities to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

The Tristan da Cunha Queen's Day is held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer / Early Autumn. It features a loyal toast to Her Majesty at the evening Reception.

Queen's Day 2019

Report by Shirley Squibb with additional photos by Sean Burns & Aniket Sardana

Winners lists from Geraldine Repetto added 16th March 2019

This year's Queen's Day was originally planned for Friday 1st March 2019, but bad weather meant it had to be postponed. In fact it was not until Wednesday 6th March that the Chief Islander was able to ring the gong to signal Queen's Day. It was a lovely day with a busy schedule (see below). It started with the competitions in the morning, while the afternoon was filled with a variety of activities, which came to a close with a game of football rounders. Everyone then visited the Residency for the reception where the Admin addressed the community and gave out prizes for the competitions.

Spectators at St Mary's School

Spectators at St Mary's School

Queen's day is always a fun day out for the community, where everyone can congregate together and relax. It is especially enjoyed by the children who goes home with lots of prizes and exhausted from an active day.

Programme

06.30 Start of fishing Competition for adults and children age 5-16yrs - Organised by Fisheries
09.30-11.00 Assembly of competition exhibits/entries at St Mary's School:
12.00 Judging
1.00 Events held at St. Mary's School and American Fence:
2.00 Variety of Children's Games - Organised by St Mary's School
3.00 Football Rounder's - Organised by Electrical and Plumbing
5.00-6.00 Administrator and Mrs Burns' reception, raffle and presentation of prizes at the Residency.

In addition, St Mary's School held a Queen's Day swimming gala at the swimming pool on the 8th March, reported separately - Swimming Gala 2019.

Children's Games and Events at St Mary's School

Class 1 running race Playgroup running race
Class 1 running race Playgroup running race
Potato and spoon race Sack race
Potato and spoon race Sack race
Sack race Three-legged race
Sack race Three-legged race

Children's Games Results

Playgroup
 25 metres Race
  1st-Savanna Green
  2nd-Owen Glass
 25 metres Potato & Spoon Race
  1st-Savanna Green
  2nd-Owen Glass
 Heat Number Two
  1st-Ella Repetto
  2nd-Holly Rogers
 25 metres Sack Race
  1st-Savanna Green
  2nd-Holly Rogers
 25 metres Three Legged Race
  1st-Savanna Green & Owen Glass
  2nd-Ella Repetto & Holly Rogers
Class 1
 25 metres Race
  1st-Aiden Repetto
  2nd-Kailey Swain
 Potato and Spoon Race
  1st-Aiden Repetto
  2nd-Kailey Swain
 Sack Race
  1st-Aiden Repetto
  2nd-April Swain
 Three Legged Race
  1st-Lucas Swain & Aiden Repetto
  2nd-April Swain & Kailey Swain
Class 2
 25 metres Race
  1st-Lucas Swain
  2nd-Katie Repetto
 Potato and Spoon Race
  1st-Katie Repetto
  2nd-Lucas Swain
 Sack Race
  1st-Katie Repetto
  2nd-Lucas Swain
 One Legged Race
  1st-Lucas Swain

Events at the School

Art competition Art competition
Art competition
Pot luck Pot luck
Pot luck Pot luck
Popcorn/Straw Game Darts
Popcorn/Straw Game Darts

Art Competition Results

Playgroup age 3 - 5 Class 1 & 2 age 5 - 7 Class 3 & 4 age 10 - 14 Class 5 age 14 - 16
 1st-Tyler Swain  1st-Kailey Swain  1st-Amber Repetto  1st-Nathan Swain
 2nd-Ella Repetto  2nd-Katie Repetto  2nd-Kieran Glass  2nd-Chloe Glass

The Produce Show

Organised by the Agriculture Department

Raw potato sculpture Strangest shaped potatoes
Raw potato sculpture
with Traditional Fried Sweet Cakes behind
Strangest shaped potatoes,
looking more like root ginger

Potato rockhopper penguin

First prize potato rockhopper penguin

Aniket holding two turnips

Aniket judging two turnips

Beetroot Cabbages
Beetroot Cabbages
Tomatoes Carrots
Tomatoes Carrots

Produce Show Results

Best Pot Plant
 1st-Chloe Glass
 2nd-Denise Rogers
Wild Flower Arrangement
(Children 3-6yrs)
 1st-Sophie Swain
 2nd-Owen Glass
Arrangement of Garden Flowers
(Adults)
 1st-Joan Repetto
 2nd-Geraldine Repetto
Strangest Shape Potato
(White Blossom)
 1st-Amanda Swain
 2nd-Cheseldon Lavarello
Strangest Shaped Potato
(Smooth Skin)
 1st-Amanda Swain
 2nd-Catherine Glass
Best 3 Tomatoes
 1st-Shannon Swain
 2nd-Larry Swain
Best 3 Carrots
 1st-Shannon Swain
 2nd-Shaun Green
Best 3 Beetroots
 1st-Dylan Green
 2nd-Herbert Green
Best Turnip or Swede
 1st-Savanna Green
 2nd-Shane Green
Best Cabbage
 1st-Gary Repetto
 2nd-Leanne Swain
Traditional Fry Sweet Cake
(organised by the Island Store)
 1st-Joyce Hagan
 2nd-Amanda Swain
Best Fish Cakes
(organised by the Administration Department)
 1st-Rita Repetto
 2nd-Nora Swain
Best Raw Potato Sculpture
(organised by the Police Department)
 1st-Randall Repetto
 2nd-Anita Repetto

Adult Events at American Fence

Throwing the wellie Throwing the javelin
Throwing the wellie Throwing the javelin
Tug of war
Women's tug of war - Take the strain...
Tug of war
...and heave!
How far can you cast competition How far can you cast competition
How far can you cast competition
Football rounders Football rounders
Football rounders

Competition Results

Dart Competition
 Ladies
  1st-Leanne Swain
  2nd-Natalie Swain
 Men
  1st-Craig Bergh
  2nd-Cliff Swain
Throwing The Welly
 Men
  1st-Leo Glass
  2nd-Desmond Green
 Ladies
  1st-Leanne Swain
  2nd-Amanda Swain
Javelin Throwing
 Ladies
  1st-Leanne Swain
  2nd-Kelly Swain
  3rd-Donna Green
 Men
  1st-Jason Green
  2nd-Jody Squibb
  3rd-Andrew Green
Popcorn/Straw Competition
  1st-Philip Rogers
  2nd-Randall Repetto
Fishing Competition
 Adults
  1st-Wayne Swain &
Jonathan Repetto
 Children
  1st-April Swain
  2nd-Savanna Green &
Ryan Swain
 Fishing Cast Competition
  1st-Robin Repetto
  2nd-Larry Swain
Free Trip to Capetown from Ovenstone
   The generous raffle prize donated by Ovenstone of a free trip to Cape Town was won by Nathan Swain.

Presentation of Prizes

Collecting prizes Marina Burns presenting a prize
Collecting prizes Marina Burns presenting a prize
Prize giving Children enjoying playing in the Residency garden
Administrator Sean Burns reading out the winners Children enjoying playing in the Residency garden.

Swimming Gala 2019

A school swimming gala was held on the 8th March 2019 in association with Queen's Day.
13-Mar-2019
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