A right royal Jubilee knees-up!

Residents come out to celebrate monarch on four-day weekend

Friday, 10th June — By Charlotte Chambers

Frederica Street 7

Revellers at Frederica Street getting into the swing of things

ISLINGTON was awash with bunting, barbecues and life-size cut outs of the Queen as residents across the borough made the most of the four-day weekend to celebrate the unprecedented 70-year reign of Britain’s monarch.

While the sun kind of had its hat on but left organisers everywhere wondering “will it, won’t it,” people from community centres, street parties and estates threw caution to the wind and partied the days away.

The mayor with the deputy lieutenant for Islington, Paul Herbage

Over at Caxton House Community Centre, a new mosaic was made and an old one was refurbished, while at Amwell Street’s party residents got stuck in to a delicious homemade selection of cakes.

At the beacon lighting: Mayor with the deputy lieutenant for Islington, Paul Herbage

Over at the Half Moon Crescent Co-op party between Angel and King’s Cross, a fish and chip van delighted partygoers before the Ice Cream Cab showed up to cool them all down.

Community spirit was alive and well at Highbury Hill, where the party included a particularly patriotic cake (below)

Meanwhile the newly ordained mayor of Islington, Cllr Marian Spall, had a busy day ferrying all over the borough to appear at as many parties as possible, and imbibe as much cake and tea as humanly possible.

Enjoying the sunshine at Hilldrop Community Centre

One of her stops was visiting Frederica Street in Holloway Road. Party co-organiser Eileen Christie paid tribute to the power of meeting neighbours – some for the first time.

The event in full swing at Caxton House community centre, where revellers of all ages enjoyed the day – including the young partygoer pictured below. Photo: Max Curtis

Describing it as a joint effort, she added: “The people – every nationality came out – the Muslim ladies, the Jamaicans cooking the barbecue. When you talk about community spirit – that day shows true community spirit.

It was fish’n’chips and ice cream at the Half Moon Coop

“Nothing was too much for anyone, the young boys carrying the tables and chairs. We had a wonderful, amazing day.”

The cake stall in Amwell Street proved to be popular

Over at the Islington Synagogue in Angel, Rabbi Mendy Korer hosted a “hybrid Jubilee Shavuot celebration” which featured Israel’s best cheesecake recipe “supposedly,” as well as someone dressed up as Prince Charles handing out ice lollies.

A royal day of fun at Redbrick estate, complete with bouncy castle

Eyes down for Jubilee bingo at Elthorne estate

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