Communities come together to celebrate Queen's platinum jubilee
THOUSANDS of people joined joyful jubilee street parties and community events across the New Forest and Christchurch over the long bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen's 70-year reign.
Residents took to the streets – braving downpours on the Sunday – to mark the historic occasion, sharing delicious buffets and afternoon teas with neighbours across beautifully decorated tables and raising a toast to Her Majesty.
There was live music and national anthem singing, along with royal quizzes, face painting, crown decorating and craft activities.
Various community events attracted huge crowds, with celebrations taking place at New Milton Recreation Ground, Brockenhurst Football Club, and Copythorne Parish Hall. There were also beacon lighting ceremonies at Burley, Mudeford Quay and Gang Warily Recreation Centre in Fawley.
County councillor Alexis McEvoy, who lit the beacon, said: “It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”
A special afternoon tea was also held at Brockenhurst Village Hall for the over-80s, which was funded by the village trust and the Royal British Legion.