Diamond days for people celebrating the jubilee

NEAA 04-06-12 BE 7 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. Mayor of Eastwood Margaret Handley .
NEAA 04-06-12 BE 7 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. Mayor of Eastwood Margaret Handley .

JUBILEE celebrations were held across the region at the weekend with people waving their flags and partying to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year.

Schools and playgroups celebrated with picnics and games, residents marked the occasion with street parties, pubs hosted fun days and community get togethers were held in parks with games and entertainment.

NEAA 04-06-12 BE 5 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. Mayor Eastwood Margaret Handley with decorated cake winners Laura Gee and Euan Sheridan.

NEAA 04-06-12 BE 5 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. Mayor Eastwood Margaret Handley with decorated cake winners Laura Gee and Euan Sheridan.

In Gresaley a huge programme of activities was hosted across the parish with everything from kids games and pony rides to traditional red bus tours and fireworks.

Greasley parish councillor and also Mayor of Broxtowe, Margaret Handley, said: “From beginning to end it was an absolutely fantastic day.

“The kids appeared to be having a whale of a time at the sports centre with the magic show and face painting and the London bus was a great hit. People seemed to really enjoy it – they were waving and looking so happy.

“Everything was great. Everyone seemed to enjoy in the spirit of the day no matter what.

NEAA 04-06-12 BE 2 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. 3rd eastwood scouts and 1st beauvale div guides.

NEAA 04-06-12 BE 2 Greasley diamond jubilee celebrations. 3rd eastwood scouts and 1st beauvale div guides.

“It was an absolutely superb day and lots of people will have some great memories.”

Cllr Handley said swing singer Frankie Martin went down a storm and residents in Moorgreen went to great lengths to take part in a scarecrow festival that added an ‘extra touch’ to the day.

“The scarecrows were fantastic,” said Cllr Handley.

“We had Queen Elizabeth I and II, and Prince William and Harry.”

NEAA 02-06-12 BE 8 Eastwood St Marys church jubilee event, cutting the jubilee cake.

NEAA 02-06-12 BE 8 Eastwood St Marys church jubilee event, cutting the jubilee cake.

Kimberley Town Council threw a street party at the cemetery chapel where they put on food, entertainment and tours around the chapel.

Cllr Steve Brunt said: “It was very, very well attended. We did guided tours and talks around the chapel and a lot of people had never seen inside it.

“A lot of local residents came up and enjoyed it. It was a good evening.”

Other jubilee celebrations were held at the Golden Guinea pub in Kimberley, Age Concern in Eastwood, Underwood Villa Football Club and St Mary’s Church in Eastwood.

Beacons were lit on Mansfield Road in Eastwood, the Horse and Groom in Moorgreen, the Gate Inn in Awsworth and St Andrew’s Church in Langley Mill. The beacon lit at the cemetery chapel in Kimberley that was made by local blacksmith, John Blant.