Jubilee party fun in the Sheffield sun starts early

Greystones Pre-school held a Jubilee fun day''Elisabeth Morrison-Clark 4 and cakes
Greystones Pre-school held a Jubilee fun day''Elisabeth Morrison-Clark 4 and cakes

RESIDENTS of one Sheffield road – and many schools – have been getting into the Jubilee spirit early.

They have been holding parties to avoid school-age children missing out on this weekend’s celebrations because they are out of the city on holiday.

About 200 neighbours on Banner Cross Road, Banner Cross, were off the mark at 7am on Sunday, decorating the outside of houses with bunting and balloons and preparing a car-free part of the street for a party.

“We had the most fantastic time,” said one of the organisers, Katie Patmore. “The whole road joined in, even though only half the road was closed. The whole atmosphere was warm and friendly. People were just having fun.”

A lot of planning went into the event, with Katie and Liz Puddy taking much of the responsibility, and other residents doing their bit. A meeting was held at nearby Ecclesall library.

Virtually every house on the street put £10 into a kitty and residents of odd-numbered houses produced savoury food, and even-numbered, sweet.

Proceedings started with a parade of the ‘royal family’ with Katie and David Patmore wearing masks as the Queen and Prince Philip, Liz and Adrian Highland as Camilla and Prince Charles, Dave and Rhian Owen as Prince William and Kate and David Bowles as Harry.

Games were held for the children and the adults got know each other better.

The road was reopened at 6pm under the terms of the agreement with the council. Otherwise, said Katie, “a lot of people would have stayed eating and drinking into the evening”.

She added: “I had the idea last year after Kate and William’s wedding. We didn’t have one then. My husband was saying, ‘Why aren’t we having a street party?’ It planted the idea.”

The early date was because “we felt that many people would be away. There are a large number of young families with school-age children on the road.”

Surriya Falconer, who has lived on Banner Cross Road for 22 years, and who did the face-painting, said: “It was fun to walk around and chat to people, and at the end of the day, the street was cleaned within an hour because everybody pulled together.

“When you give people the chance to work together, it works.”

Schools were also lapping up the occasion a few days in advance.

Year 7s at Stradbroke’s City School held a 1950s style party held for a local over-60s club, joined by members of the Salvation Army.

The celebration was the culmination of a project which has seen the youngsters explore the decade of the Coronation with people who were there at the time.

“It’s been a six-week exercise which has seen us look at the food, the clothes, the music and the relationships of the period,” said the school’s community learning co-ordinator Sandra Cavill.

“At the Jubilee party we had lots of 50s style food, with scones, trifle, victoria sponges and so on, pupils wore styles of the time and our school choir sang some of the songs to the older people.

“The students have become really interested in the 50s – one chap brought in some old money and they were fascinated to see a ten shilling note.”

Greystones Pre-School raised nearly £500 for its funds with its Jubilee party last Saturday.

About 60 of the 80 children on its books, along with parents, came along to enjoy a tea party, barbecue, games and stalls. It was also an occasion for children starting in September, and their parents, to get a taste of the pre-school, which shares the premises of Greystones Primary,

“It was fun and a lovely social occasion,” said key worker Nicola Perkins. “The weather really helped.”

A jubilee day at Ridgeway Primary School saw pupils joining an open-air tea party, taking part in activities such as pin-the-tail-on-the-corgi and learning about the coronation 60 years ago and the flags of the Commonwealth.

It was followed by the Parent Teacher Association’s summer fair, which raised £2,600.

Headteacher James Connolly said: “It was a very enjoyable day, and the sun was shining, which helped. It brought the school together on a very special day.”