In 1937 the whole country celebrated the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Eamont Bridge held a Sports day, Procession, Fancy Dress Competition, Tea and Dance. The Sports were held in the field at the top of the “back lane”, farmed at that time by Mr. Mandale.
Above is a picture of wedding cars outside cottages in Eamont bridge in about 1920, from the registration plate we learned the second car belonged to Richard Coulston of Burrowgate Penrith.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated with a party and procession and new village streetlights.
Above is a copy of the programme for the coronation celebrations. The celebration committee were: H. WARE (chairman), MISS DENT (secretary), MRS HORN, MRS N. HALL, MRS ELAND, MRS SHAW, MRS ROYDS, MR STOREY, MR ELAND, MR NICHOLSON, MR JACKSON and MR RAFFLES
The Queen once again passed through Eamont bridge in 1956 on her way from Appleby through Penrith to Ullswater.
The Eden Millennium Festival was held in Eamont Bridge on the 30th of June until the 2nd of July 2000 , it was organised by Rev. G Markham who also conceived the idea of a monument. The programme of events started on Friday with an official opening before a Classical Concert and firework display.
On Saturday a family fun day was held, a 2,000th birthday party for 2,000 primary school children who each brought a stone decorated with their name these stones were buried beside the monument, this was followed by astrophysicist Dr David Wilkinson with a lecture at Brougham Hall. From 7-30p.m. two top national bands the Lightning Seeds and Shed Seven performed at the Deer Park field with local support group the Ravengers.
Sunday started with a continuation of the Family Fun Day Theme, with a Millennium Picnic for 5,000 people on the Penrith show field and procession to Mayburgh Henge and dedication of the Eden Millennium Monument , an inscribed 38 tonne block of granite. The evening ended with a performance by the Backbeat Beatles.
The 15ft piece of granite from Shap is placed ready for the hand carving of the date 2000 and 3 large symbols, an alpha “A” signifying the beginning, the sign of the cross to commemorate the event and omega looking to the infinite future.