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Thousands flock to Whitley Diamond Jubilee street partyBy Laura McCardle
June 07, 2012
Thousands of people filled Northumberland Avenue on Saturday afternoon for a giant Diamond Jubilee street party.
It was hosted by South Reading Churches, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, instead of the annual Whitley Fun Day.
The party was officially opened at 1pm by Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski and Reading’s new mayor Councillor Jenny Rynn. Both the town’s MPs, Rob Wilson and Alok Sharma, also attended.
Mr Sharma said: “The community spirit that has been generated here today is absolutely fantastic.”
St Agnes Church was at the heart of the celebration, with performances and the final of Whitley’s Got Talent taking place on a special stage in the grounds of the building.
Tables covered in Union Flag cloths lined the road between two roundabouts, with entertainment including face painting and bouncy castles, to keep the youngsters entertained. Special Diamond Jubilee editions of the New Testament were also handed out for free.
Marina Howes, 51, enjoyed the party with her mother, her son, his partner and her two grandchildren.
She said: “It’s really good. The people who organised it have done really well. They [her grandchildren] have been loving it.”