GALLERY: Stevenage celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

STEVENAGE’S biggest jubilee event saw thousands turn up to mark the Queen’s 60 year reign.

On Monday, a diamond jubilee beacon was lit in Fairlands Valley Park, and a firework display was held.

The event, which was organised by Stevenage Borough Council and Stevenage Leisure Ltd, attracted thousands of people, even though the beacon wasn’t lit until 10.15pm.

There were also celebrations over the weekend in the New Town and Old Town, with businesses all joining together to mark the occasion.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “The beacon lighting was fantastic, there were really so many people there.

“In the High Street, traders organised a fantastic street event, which went really well.

“It was an amazing event, and lots of people got involved. There was so much going on. So many people made a tremendous effort, which was lovely.”

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There were also celebrations aplenty in residential areas across the town, with people holding street parties.

More than 150 people congregated at the Lawns. The party was opened by the eldest and youngest residents, Harold, 94, and four-year-old Levi.

“Many friendships were made and some renewed,” said resident Phil Welham.

“The party went so well that we are thinking of having an annual barbecue and party in our street.”

In Stanmore Road, more than 200 gathered on Sunday, starting the day a rendition of God Save the Queen, followed by a lunch party, games, competitions, a quic and live music.

In Newcastle Close, residents held a street party on Sunday, and had games including pin the tail on the donkey.

And in Woodland Way, the road was closed, with residents dressing up, playing games and sitting down to enjoy a jubilee lunch.

Burghley Close’s party attracted 50 residents, and included activities such as gladiator and volleyball contests.

Schools also marked the occasion, with Ashtree Primary School and Nursery, Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School and Longmeadow Primary School all submitting pictures of their celebrations prior to breaking up on Friday for half-term.

To view a gallery of jubilee celebrations in Stevenage, click on the link in the top right-hand corner.