Street party is a right royal celebration day

July 04 2016

St Albans Road in Westbury Park held a royal-themed street party on June 11 in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen

St Albans Road in Westbury Park held a royal-themed street party on June 11 in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

There had been rumours that a special guest of honour would open the event, and at exactly 2pm a natty, open-top sports car driven by a chauffeur appeared at the entrance to the road. Party-goers looked at the car again ­‑  surely it couldn’t be Her Majesty?

Perhaps not, but resident Paul Parry was certainly doing his most regal impression of the Queen, waving to the crowds and taking in the happy, family atmosphere.

Preparations for the event had been in hand for weeks by the organising committee. The street was closed off at both ends to cars and all parked cars were removed ready for a glorious day of fun and games in this friendly Westbury Park Street.

Gazebos and a bar were set up, plus a tea station and cake ‘bakeoff’ display area in the marquee. A delightful ‘front room’ area was set up for older residents so that they could sit and enjoy the party away from the hustle and bustle of the children and games. Plenty of adults and children dressed up in costumes in keeping with the royalty theme.

The Street Olympics kicked off with games for all ages. Waterfilled Balloons were hurled over ropes splashing lots of the children getting caught up in the fun.

St Albans Cake Bake Off showcased cakes fit for a Queen. Resident Nikki Ingram won top prize with her three-tier Victoria sponge decorated with buttercream and fruit on top in the style of a Union Jack. Judge, Debbie Thomas, said:“The cakes were chosen based on texture and flavour. Once cut open there were red, white and blue sponge layers which altogether tasted and looked delicious.”

No British event would be complete without a weather story and true to form there was the most almighty downpour at 3.30pm. Fortunately, the rain was heavy but over quickly, and the fun resumed with a barbecue to round off the day.

In all, it was a very British day that would have made the Queen proud.