Jubilee bunting out again in Catherine Street
June 11, 2012
The same bunting that was used to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in Catherine Street, West Reading, 35 years ago was out again to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation.
Gill Greenwood, 74, held her fifth street party on Tuesday to mark the Diamond Jubilee and, despite the rain, almost everyone came out to celebrate, with food, drink, a disco, bouncy castle and creatures from Owen’s Animals.
The tradition of street parties in the road goes back to 1945, when Mrs Greenwood was just seven, as neighbours celebrated VE day. Since then they have always held a community event to mark big occasions, from the Coronation to last year’s royal wedding.
The first one Mrs Greenwood ran with her husband was in 1977. She said: “It’s been hard work and the weather’s upsetting but everyone’s out and having fun – it's nice to see.
“I recently lost my husband but my son Steve has stepped into his place and he’s done a great job. We’ve got real community spirit and still have the original bunting from 1977.”
Steve Greenwood said: “We all muck in, the British. We know how to get on with it and make the most of it.”