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Bexleyheath pensioner recalls Iris Crescent parties

PUBLISHED: 14:43 06 June 2012

Albert Hardie remembers the VE Day street party in 1945. Photo by Andy Barnes

Albert Hardie remembers the VE Day street party in 1945. Photo by Andy Barnes

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Iris Crescent resident Albert Hardie remembers a host of street parties as his neighbours celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Albert Hardie can recall the street party held in Iris Crescent, Bexleyheath, to celebrate Victory in Europe Day in 1945, as well as for the Queen’s coronation and her silver and golden jubilees.

Mr Hardie, 76, was among residents, past and present, enjoying Monday’s street party.

He said: “I think she’s great to reign for so long.

“I don’t think we’ll see too many on the throne for 60 years. This was a special moment for me having lived on the street all my life.

“I remember being at the coronation like it was yesterday, so it’s almost like it’s gone full circle.”

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The pensioner, who has lived in his house all his life apart from a spell in the army, said he vaguely remembers the VE Day street party photo being taken, which has pride of place in his ground floor window.

Homes in the street were decked with bunting and there was a bouncy castle to keep youngsters amused.

Ten-year-old Chloe Kirby said: “I enjoyed the day even with the weather.

“I think the Queen’s really lucky to be on the throne for 60 years. If I were the Queen, I’d make all the adults make me tea.”

Jel Narine, 40, who was born in the street, said: “It was a good party, shame about the weather. We live in Slade Green now, but my brother has just moved back here into the house we grew up in. Our mum passed away about a year and a half ago so this was really special.”

Organiser Debbie Norman, 51, said: “I initiated the party and got the ball rolling but I could never have done it without other people’s help. The weather could have been better but people were enjoying themselves anyway.”

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