Wokingham prepares to celebrate Diamond JubileeBy Laura Herbert
May 25, 2012
Wokingham will become a sea of red, white and blue as street parties take place across the borough to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
More than 30 street parties have been organised through Wokingham Borough Council as hundreds of people around Wokingham plan to get together to mark the special occasion.
The number of street parties taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend is even greater than the 26 held last year to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Joel Park Residents’ Association is hosting a street party in the appropriately named Jubilee Avenue.
Chairman Steve Sansom said: “We are hoping the success of last year will be repeated and people will turn up in their droves.
“We are holding it on the Monday afternoon to attract as many people as possible.
“I think the Royal Wedding fuelled the street parties and the community spirit and having an extra bank holiday on the Tuesday has propelled people’s desire to party and to go out and enjoy themselves.”
He continued: “There is enormous community spirit in Wokingham when you look at the amount of events the town and borough council are putting on.
“Events like this are an excuse to bring the neighbourhood together and bring out the community spirit.”
Helen Kidd will be enjoying a street party in Commons Road on Tuesday, June 5.
She said: “I think it’s about the community. Nowadays you are lucky if you know your next door neighbours but you don’t know the people across the road. There are a lot of families around here and it will be nice to bring the children together.
“I remember the jubilee in 1977 when we had a street party dressing up in red, white and blue and it was fantastic.
“It is about a feeling of belonging.”
Councillor Dianne King, mayor of Wokingham borough, said: “The town has been particularly proactive and working with the cultural partnership and other organisations.
“There are so many people and organisations involved, it’s wonderful.
“I think it is going to be an exciting weekend here. There is a huge amount going on.”
Cllr King added: “It is certainly wonderful the Diamond Jubilee is bringing people together and I think we do have very good community spirit in the area.
“I think it is something positive for people to get involved in as there is a lot of doom and gloom at the moment.
“I think people like the Queen, they like what she does and her positive attitude and they want to feel they are a part of that.”
For neighbours who have not organised a street party, Wokingham Town Council has organised a whole weekend of events from Saturday, June 2, to Sunday, June 3, in Wokingham town centre.
These include a concert on the Saturday and a parade by REME soldiers on the Sunday, following by a big jubilee lunch.