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Out with a Bang!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Wow! What an afternoon!

The ceremony truly started at 3pm when Living Rogues took to the main stage; the three of them satisfied our ears with their indie acoustic tones. As the sun began to fade we all joined West End All-stars for our favourite musical numbers, with their broad and varied repertoire and their amazing costumes, really did have something for everyone! There wasn’t a person in the crowd who wasn’t singing along!

As the sun set we were treated to the Soundclash of the year as the two DJs went head to head with their best musical munitions! The crowds hollered as the first few bars indicated their favourite was about to hit the decks, “TUUUUUNNNNNEEEEE” yelled Sarah, from Scotland, as she bounced around with the hundreds of others. The soundclash almost became a dance off as the crowd were throwing wild shapes all evening! Ger from Ireland laughed, “I think I might have just lost a dance off, but even now at the end of the week I feel like I’m still making friends!”

After the bopping and dancing a surprise carnival of all the Essex International Jamboree staff; from Bog Squad to Security, Communications to Welfare paraded through the Village. It was great to hear the woops and cheers, possibly some of the loudest all week in celebration of the efforts of all the hardworking volunteers that made EIJ the success it was!
Next Scouts and Guides stood amazed as the astounding aerialists tumbled and weaved through their rippling silks, James a Scout from 5th St Ives said, “I have seen things like this on telly before, but I never thought I’d see it live!” The Jamboree cast also performed top class routines with music that had us dancing along with them.

It was a poignant moment as we watched the flags fall. Although it symbolised the end of a fantastic week, we will all cherish the memories made and as you looked around the arena you could see new friends stood side-by-side. As the many colours of the international flags fluttered we were reminded of how Scouting and Guiding are wonderful examples of a worldwide community who strive to expand and continue friendships without borders; we leave EIJ as positive role models in our changing world!
Essex International Jamboree lit up the skyline, to our delight we watch as the night sky sparkled and fizzed. Sounds of “oooohs” and “ahhhhs” were heard across the Village Green, it was a stunning way to conclude not just the closing ceremony but also the week.

It’s farewell but not goodbye. Essex International Jamboree will return in 2020. Scouts and Guides we hope to see you again and Explorers and Senior Section have you considered joining our fantastic staff team? We can guarantee it will be just as big and as brilliant, we’ll see you there!

Lizzie and Alex