Havering celebrates Diamond Jubilee with bank holiday extravaganza

Havering has lived up to its lively reputation with a four-day extravaganza of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The borough hosted 92 street parties along with carnivals, fayres, exhibitions, concerts and competitions to celebrate the historical occasion in style.

The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Lynden Thorpe, said the borough has outdone itself.

She added: “I think we have always done well for celebrations in Havering but this year was even beyond that. We just get better and better.

“We are incredibly patriotic in this borough and the love and respect felt for Her Majesty is evident.”

A jubilee-themed Romford Market kicked off the festivities on Saturday, followed by street parties across the borough.

Even the weather failed to dampen spirits for Romfest on Sunday, which included comedy, a circus and live music from artists including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Hope Murphy, Chas Hodges, of ‘Chas and Dave’ fame.

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One Romford street party had a very special guest when reality television star Stacey Solomon turned up in Burlington Avenue to celebrate with Iceland competition-winner Melanie Lamb.

The mum of two had won �25,000 and a street party pack in the supermarket’s jubilee competition.

Dozens of parties were held in the borough through the day, while many travelled to central London for the 1,000-boat river pageant.

The celebrations rolled on into Monday, which got off to an energetic start with a 5km fun run in Raphael Park.

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson cut the ribbon in Newman Close, where residents had worked for a six months to outdo their own celebrations for the Golden Jubilee.

Two friends in New Zealand Way, Rainham, celebrated their third jubilee on Tuesday.

Florence Beeston, 78, and Peggy Kannear, 82, have lived in the road for 52 years.

Meanwhile, in Hornchurch, perhaps the youngest party-goer was celebrating her first jubilee.

Four-day-old Hope Randall napped through most of the festivities in The Mall, snuggled up in a Union Jack blanket.

The Mayor said one of the best aspects of the Jubilee was the “overwhelming” sense of community.

She added: “People in roads who had never even spoken before came together for this and I think it will last.

“Maybe we will be celebrating the next jubilee in ten years.”

Havering police and fire brigade said there were no major incidents over the holiday.

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