Jubilee fun starts here...
by Angela Cole
It's time to get the bunting out for celebrations to mark the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
There's already been plenty of red, white and blue at
events held this week by schools and other groups but this is
where the fun start in earnest, with hundreds expected to
attend the lunches, tea parties and fun days planned across west
Kent – including 38 street parties across the Maidstone borough
and 31 in Tonbridge and Malling.
A royal visit was the highlight of the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee celebrations for hundreds of schoolchildren and local
people on Thursday.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were to officially open the
Weavering Diamond Jubilee Orchard, watched by some 20 pupils from
St John’s Primary School, who would be singing a specially composed
song for them.
Dozens of schoolchildren will also be made VIPs for the day
today after taking part in a Kent Messenger competition to capture
the image of the most special VIP in the country.
We asked Year 6 classes to create their own pictures of the
Queen for the chance to be included in Maidstone council’s tea
party to mark the royal festivities and the official opening of the
Jubilee Square outside the town hall, which took place on
The winning classes were Year 6s in Dover class at
Brunswick House Primary School in Leafy Lane; Oak Trees Academy in
Oak Tree Lane, and Molehill Copse Primary School in Hereford
Many of the pictures submitted will also adorn the KM’s office
windows in Middle Middle Row for the weekend and beyond.
On Monday a total of 182 beacons across Kent, more than any
other county, will be lit at around 10.15pm, with the Queen
lighting the last beacon in The Mall, London, at 10.30pm.
We have included just a small selection of the fun in
pictures, from Maidstone, Coxheath and Benenden. More will appear
in the Kent Messenger, Friday, June 8 edition. If you are
hosting an event this weekend and would like to send us
pictures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and a brief description, by Tuesday, June 5.
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