PICTURE SPECIAL: Communities gather together to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

Staff reporter

Street parties and celebrations were held across East Berkshire as the Queen celebrated her official 90th birthday this weekend.

This picture special rounds up some of the events which took place to mark the occasion.

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BURNHAM: Everybody got stuck into street games at the Wethered Drive street party on Saturday.

About 70 people from the street partied into the night with a range of fun lined up throughout the afternoon. 

The party started with games for children and adults including egg and spoon and three legged races.

The games were followed by a big barbecue.

It is the road’s third street party and organiser Dara MacNaughton said: “Everybody got stuck in, it was great fun.”

MAIDENHEAD: More than 230 neighbours from Courthouse Road gathered in the street for old fashioned fun on Sunday.

As well as tables set up for a lunch fit for a queen there were games for toddlers and older children at the party.

One of the organisers James Jones, from the road, said ‘it’s great to see people enjoying themselves in a very simple way’.

The 69-year-old added: “I’m old enough to have been at the coronation street party too. It’s reminiscing for me.”

BURNHAM: Games of pin the tail on the corgi were part of the activities put on at the Priory School for the party held on Friday.

The primary school students, who came to school dressed up in red, white and blue, were also able to watch the live broadcast of the birthday celebrations.

The children also learned the national anthem, wrote cards to send to the Queen, took part in a royal themed quiz and decorated biscuits.

PINKNEYS GREEN: A royal tea party with dancing was enjoyed by 1st Pinkneys Green Brownies at their latest meeting.

The girls even had an imitation ‘Queen’ to oversee proceedings and present the Brownies with their Patrons badges.

At the 1st Pinkeys Green Guides’ (Miss Baden-Powell's own) party guests were entertained with singing and there was a chocolate fountain enjoyed by all ages.

MAIDENHEAD: Cakes, sandwiches and the sunshine was brought along to the Rutland Place street party by 120 neighbours from the road.

Carey Hamer who helped organise the event said: “Rutland Place is a street of Victorian houses with character — add some bunting and flags and it’s like going back in time.

“We celebrated our Queen’s birthday and our community being able to get to know each other in style.”

The last time neighbours got together for a street party was in 1977. It was organised by Palwinder Bhamra, who was this year nominated as carer of the year for looking after his mother Gian-Kaur, 89, who cooked the food for the party in the seventies.

COOKHAM: Profits from a garden party will go towards the fundraising efforts for a three-year-old with leukaemia.

There were eight local bands on the line up for the party, which was held at The Crown.

Money raised by selling tickets for the event will go towards the Fight For George campaign set up to support George Ferriman, from Furze Platt, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in February.

New Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Sayonara Luxton, and Maidenhead MP Theresa May showed their support for the cause by attending the party.

Adam Garratt who helped organise the event said: “It was a proper garden party with British food.

“All the members of the community were fantastically supportive and we had about 250 to 300 people there.”

MAIDENHEAD: Students from the Claires Court Schools were specially chosen to attend a party within Windsor Castle on Friday .

A mix of 20 year five pupils from the junior boys and girls schools were party of the children enjoying the tea party that was broadcast across the world. The pupils dressed up from two different decades of the Queen’s life. During the tea party and live broadcast the pupils were interviewed by former Blue Peter presenter Diane Louise Jordan.

MAIDENHEAD: More than 50 people attended Maidenhead Mencap’s tea party.

Members made crowns, pictures and celebrated with a tea party in union jack attire.

The Monday Club meets at Highview in North Road and members enjoy a different activity every week.

TWYFORD: Children at Polehampton Infant School organised a street party style picnic on the school field on Friday June 10.

The children sang the national anthem and ate lunch at long dining tables.

MAIDENHEAD: A Morris dancing troupe, music from the band Good Prospects, a fancy dress competition and a sing-along were enjoyed at the Rushington Avenue area street party on Saturday.

The fancy dress competition was judged by Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) who presented ‘Princess’ Cara Field with a prize.

HOLYPORT: The Aysgarth Park estate celebrated with sports games, plenty of food and drink and party games. More than £200 was collected at the party for Thames Hospice and it was attended by more than 150 residents.

MAIDENHEAD: A barbecue, cakes, a tug of war assisted by Denzil the Dog and a ‘human fruit machine’ were among the attractions at Florence Avenue’s street party on Sunday afternoon. The whole road was invited and everyone had fun.

TWYFORD: Theresa May MP cut a birthday cake for the Queen at St Mary’s Church, in Station Road, on Sunday. Residents gathered at the church for a service in the morning, followed by entertainment in the afternoon.

The Reading Central Band of the Salvation Army, the Reading Accordion Group and the High Voltage Singers all performed.

WARGRAVE: Community spirit was the order of the day as an estimated 900 people celebrated on Mill Green in Wargrave.

Organised by the Wargrave Festival Committee and St Mary’s Church, the event saw a massive picnic, music, children’s entertainment and competitions.

MAIDENHEAD: The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the residents of Turpins Green who celebrated with live music.

This was the third annual party for the residents, this year made bigger and better for the birthday theme.

Bands Mistaken Identity and Occasions Singers wowed the crowd.

Organiser Debbie Selwood, said: “The street party has become a firm favourite with the neighbours over the years, and this year, of course, we had the perfect excuse for a good knees-up.”

MAIDENHEAD: Parents and pupils got involved in face painting and crown making at Alwyn Infant and Nursery School’s after-school picnic on Friday.

The school invited parents to take part in order to make the event a community-oriented afternoon.

Sue Palmer, who teaches reception, said the response to the party had been very positive.

She said: “We are planning on doing it every year now.”


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