A long weekend of Jubilee celebrations

Written by Kita Berman van Heerden, Challenge:ELBA Project Manager

The long June bank holiday marks the Queen’s Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, following 70 years of service.

Along with having a nice long bank holiday weekend, people celebrated too. Some of ELBA’s community partners used the time to bring residents and communities together by hosting tea parties and outdoor celebrations.

ELBA staff members were also excited to celebrate and find their own ways of having fun. A few made their first overseas trip since the pandemic. Our CEO, Ian Parkes, played drums at a Jubilee concert! He also played at Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee back in 1977.

ELBA’s community partner Pearson Street Adventure Playground hosted a Jubilee Play Party with activities for parents and children, including making “royal” fruit kebabs with scones. And, for older members of the community, The Forget Me Not Project celebrated with an East End knees-up with songs, Union Jack flags and a sherry!

From catching a glimpse of the floating meadow making its way up the Thames, to simply using the long weekend to reconnect with family and friends at street parties, people celebrated this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary in their own unique way. What did you do? Wherever you did, ELBA hopes you enjoyed it.

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