THOUSANDS of people celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with a series of street parties and events being held across Tameside.
MP Jonathan Reynolds was among those taking part in the event at Stamford Park, which also celebrated the opening of the park’s new Highfield Centre.
Entertainment at the park included stilt walkers, balloon modellers, story tellers, drama groups, bands and singers. But for many the highlight of the day was the chance to see the changes to the park, completed as part of a £5million refurbishment programme.
Following the event, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds said: “The Diamond Jubilee weekend really brought communities together, not only in Tameside but across the country.
“There were a significant number of street parties, where – in some cases - neighbours have met each other for the first time. And in many cases the celebrations have recognised the achievements and commitment of those who have dedicated much of their lives to the service of others.
“In Stamford Park the Jubilee celebrations were also the first time many people had seen the full extent of the £5million refurbishment programme – including the opening of the new pavilion.
“The programme of events across Tameside was a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy and for communities to celebrate together.
“Many hundreds of people will remember how they celebrated the Diamond Jubilee for many years to come – but I hope the true legacy will be communities made stronger by coming together with a common purpose.”
Across Tameside organised events to mark the Diamond Jubilee were held in King George V Playing Fields, Ashton; Lees Park, Droylsden; the Lymefield Centre, Broadbottom; Mossley; Park Bridge Heritage Centre and Victoria Park, Denton.
Highlights across the borough included ‘royal jesters’, craft workshops, face painting, bouncy castle, live music, song and dance, Punch and Judy, a teddy bear treasure hunt – and even a climbing wall and an assault course.
Published 18 June, 2012