Ledbury residents celebrate Platinum Jubilee at bank holiday events

Ledbury celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style with a series of events across the bank holiday weekend.

Mayor Phillip Howells and town council representatives joined residents at the Recreation Ground on Friday, June 3 with a picnic in the park.

Families enjoyed live music throughout the afternoon from bands including Band for Life, Fiddlers Two and Lost Cat.

There was face painting, balloon-making, outdoor games, a craft zone and more to keep the kids entertained, and prizes for the best-dressed kings and queens and for those with the best jubilee hats.

Mayor Phillip Howells and Ledbury’s Carnival Princess at the picnic in the park

The event also made use of new gazebos bought by the town council using Covid recovery funds aimed at getting communities back on their feet following the pandemic.

Cllr Howells had a busy weekend, also attending Ledbury Community Day, a street party in Belle Orchard and one held at St Katherine’s Hall for residents of the almshouses.

“It was a very sociable weekend, it was brilliant,” he said. “We had some fantastically decorated houses around the town –some of them were historically quite evocative.

Ledbury Reporter: Pound Meadow and Pound Road residents enjoying a street partyPound Meadow and Pound Road residents enjoying a street party

“I was delighted to open the parties and chat to some of the residents and families. The picnic was competing with a number of events on at the same time but a lot of people came along, we were very pleased.”

On Saturday, June 4, the eighth Community Day took place at locations throughout the town center including St Katherine’s Hall, The Burgage Hall and Ledbury Community Hall.

The event was making its return to Ledbury after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

Ledbury Reporter: Fun for all ages at a street party in Albert Road Fun for all ages at a street party in Albert Road

Ledbury Community Brass Band and the town’s community choir both performed under the Market House, where Ledbury District Bell Ringers also showed off their skills and even invited members of the public to have a go.

Residents of Pound Meadow and Pound Close were among a number of Ledbury communities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a street party on Sunday, June 5.

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About 50 people from the two streets came together to share food, take part in a jubilee quiz and raise a glass to Her Majesty before singing the National Anthem.

Residents who could not attend because of health issues were taken cake and treat bags to enable them to feel part of the event.

Ledbury’s newly-crowned Carnival Princess and attendants even joined in the celebrations, cutting a special celebration cake with the help of the streets’ oldest resident.

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