May 21 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Monday, June 4, 2012
Plans to commission a bust of the Queen were announced as streets across the borough got into the Jubilee spirit todaY.
A plaque was unveiled at Bexleyheath Clock Tower to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the building, and town centre manager Iain Payne says they hope to raise £20,000 from public generosity to honour Queen Elizabeth, and hope the monarch herself will honour the town by unveiling it.
Dignitaries such as Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire were joined by groups such as the guides and scouts who were part of the annual Mayor’s parade through Bexleyheath Broadway which was used as the perfect opportunity to remember the town’s history.
Mr Payne said: “This has been a great occasion for the town.
“We think £20,000 is achievable as we’re already 10 per cent of the way there, and it would be great if we could persuade the Queen to come and unveil it next year to mark 60 years since her coronation.
One of the parties to hold their own unique celebration was Warren Road in Bexleyheath.
More than 150 people, both young and old, were in attendance, and they were treated to a bouncy castle, party games and a special appearance by lookalikes of the Queen and her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Co-organiser Hanna Leask, 28, said: “This has really helped to build community spirit.
“It’s given a lot of people who don’t really know each other to get together and thankfully the weather has held off!”
For a comprehensive round-up of Bexley’s Jubilee celebrations, see this week’s Bexley Times, out on Thursday.