The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated around Britain in many different ways, from the river Thames pageant to smaller, but equally patriotic, street parties. One such community celebration took place in Dolton, North Devon. Dolton is a village with a long history of bringing its people together to mark national occasions and is also steeped in photography, being the home and subject for many years of James Ravilious.
Although this book covers the events between the 1st-5th June in Dolton, it reflects how many communities came together to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee away from the main London festivities and demonstrates the true community spirit that still exists in Britain today.
Andrew Hobbs (b. 1967) is a British photographer who spent his formative years at the progressive Dartington Hall School where his interest in photography began. Although born in North Devon, and having lived in America for a time, Hobbs has been living and working in Somerset on the edge of Exmoor for the past 25 years. Hobbs’s love of, and affinity with, the rural landscape and life is reflected strongly in his work. There is a timelessness about Hobbs’s photographs that go beyond mere documentation and captures the heart of the English landscape and life within it. www.andrewhobbsphotography.co.uk