May 23 2013 Latest news:
by Robin Cottle, Reporter
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The people of Bexley did the Queen proud with their Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
There were around 30 street parties across the borough, beacon lighting ceremonies and a plaque unveiling in Bexleyheath.
The plaque was unveiled at Bexleyheath Clock Tower at the annual civic parade, and council chiefs announced plans to build a bust of the Queen, which they hope the monarch herself will unveil next year.
The civic parade featured youth groups including Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies to show the affection young people have for the royal family.
There were Diamond Jubilee beacon lighting ceremonies at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead and Golden Acre Park in Bexley Village, replicating thousands of similar events across the country.
Marlborough Court care home manager Maggie Candy said: “Tonight has been really nice for our residents. The Jubilee is very relevant to this age group – they witnessed the Queen’s coronation.”
Lesley Leask, who organised the party in Warren Road, Bexleyheath, with her daughter Hanna, said: “The idea was to bring everyone together while celebrating everything that’s good about being British.”
See our Jubilee picture special on pages 3-5 of tomorrow’s Bexley Times.