Queen Victoria Opens ‘The Good Old Days’ for Alton Lions

Heralded by Alton Town Crier Queen Victoria opened this year’s Alton Lion’s summer event in the Public Gardens, declaring that she ‘expected to be amused!’ Led by Mr. Alexander’s Travelling Victorian Theatre together with other traditional Victorian entertainment, period experiences, games and stalls, high quality amusement was guaranteed.

The crowds flocked into the Public Gardens to marvel at the antics of the travelling showman as he performed magical tricks, juggling with knives, balancing on chairs, unicycling, fire eating, and much, much more.

The Basingstoke Silver Band playing in the bandstand also helped to recreate the real live entertainment atmosphere enjoyed in ‘The Good Old Days.’ Everyone joined in the spirit of the time with many dressed in costume especially a splendid Fagin and his young predatory pickpockets and boastful beggars.

Other attractions included a Victorian Farm Area, rural life skills demonstrations including Victorian Bee Keeping and a children’s corner with Victorian toys and story telling.

Especially popular was an opportunity to take a watery turn in the stocks and with a wide variety of stalls providing more Victorian experiences including a bier provided by Funeral Directors Kemp & Stevens ensured a traditionally tantalizing fun day was enjoyed by all.

This efficacacious event was staged to raise funds to support the young people of Treloar School and College who enrich our caring community with their inspirational and intrepid spirit, their admirable personal achievements and dogged determination to live life to the full.

Organised by Alton Lions together with Jon Coleville of the Treloar Trust and supported by Alton Town Council, Molson Coors, Lily, Kemp and Stevens, Newbury Building Society, Alton Home Hardware, Little Green Dragon bookshop, Alton Balloon Company, Chris Barnes Garden Machinery Maintenance, Longbow Business Consultants, Mr. Whitehead’s Cider, Triple fff brewery and the Flower Pots brewery at Cheriton.