Diamond Jubilee: Neighbours become friends in Rutland Drive, Hornchurch

Residents in Rutland Drive, Hornchurch, have been brought together by recent royal events.

Nadine King organised a street party in her road for the Royal Wedding last year, so that she could bring her neighbours together.

She also organised a Christmas get-together, and today her street was bustling with people celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.

She said: “When I started this last year, I wanted the people in the street to get to know each other and not to be scared of the teenagers.

“The teenagers in the street have been great.


You may also want to watch:


“I want the gap between the older people and younger people to be gone, and it works because now you go down the street and everyone says ‘hello’.”

As well as coming out in honour of Her Majesty, residents also celebrated the 18th birthday of Nadine’s daughter Chelsea, who sang for the crowd.

Most Read

Entertainment was also provided by singer Mick Clarke, as well as Darryl King, Keith Taylor, Paul Kidley and residents.

A Britain’s Got Talent-style competition was also held, with ‘celebrity lookalikes’ acting as judges.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter