Diamond Jubilee: Meet Violet Watts, 105, who proved you’re never too old to party!

Havering residents have proved you’re never too young, or too old, to party, following the extraordinary Jubilee weekend in the borough.

Last week the Recorder featured new-born Hope Randell, from Hornchurch, who aged just four days old was one of Havering’s youngest street party attendees.

And this week we bring you Violet Watts, from Rainham, who at 105-years-old may well have been the borough’s oldest Jubilee reveller.

The blustery weather didn’t stop Mrs Watts enjoying the Eastwood Drive celebrations, as she mixed with neighbours in the street she’s lived in for 72 years.

Resident David Spratt said: “We haven’t seen her out and about for a while and she got quote emotional because so many people were so happy to see her again. It made everyone’s day.”

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The party, on Monday June 3, drew most of the street together for food and drink, a fancy dress competition, a quiz, an entertainer, traditional sports day games, and a disco.

Monday also saw all Berther Road residents club together to put on a spectacular get-together for the Queen’s special weekend.

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Michael McFarlane, organiser of the Emerson Park street party, said: “We had well over 600 friends and family at this turn out and all went away saying it was the best party they had ever been to!”

Entertainment included steel drum and rock bands, beat box performers. an ice-cream van, the fire brigade, a bungee trampoline, bouncy castle, face-painters, a BBQ, and Indian and Caribbean buffets.

Mr McFarlane added: “The whole street brought the food from their culture so we had the best dishes from all over the world.

“It is great to see that in this day and age, even in a recession, that when neighbours get together they can create a really memorable event.”

Romford’s ultra-Royalist MP, Andrew Rosindell, put on a Jubilee “extravaganza” at the Romford Conservative Party headquarters, in Main Road, on Saturday (June 9).

Foods from the Commonwealth were served up along with a five-verse rendition of the national anthem, and prayers from a cross-section of religions and denominations.

He said: “The Jubilee really gave the whole country a lift and Havering led the way with its patriotic spirit.”

Other parties which will feature in Friday’s paper are: The Brewery Shopping Centre in Romford; Brookside Junior School, in Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill; Maybank Avenue, Elm Park; Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch; Harold Hill Salvation Army, in Petersfield Avenue; Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association (Haswa), in Kilmartin Way, Hornchurch; Stafford Avenue, Hornchurch; St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, Heron Flight Avenue, Hornchurch; St Mary’s Hare Park Primary School and Nursery, in South Drive, Romford; Sussex Avenue, Harold Wood.

The Recorder was given out for free over the Jubilee weekend through kind sponsorship from Naturally Unique beauty shop, in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford; and East Coast Wind music shop, based in Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch.

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