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REJOICING residents from Wokingham, Bracknell and Crowthorne painted their towns red, white and blue as local celebrations captured the nation's mood this week.

Golden moments of pomp and pageantry filled the streets, parks and homes over the extended Bank Holiday weekend as loyal citizens marked the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Determined to have a good time, people across the Wokingham district brought back the spirit of a bygone age by organising their own street parties.

Among those held included parties in Stanley Road, Tomlinson Drive, Priest Avenue, Evendons Lane, Carolina Place, Bedford Gardens, Lowther Road, Weavers Way, Emmbrook Vale and Melksham Close.

There were also big get-togethers at the California and Bearwood Mobile Home parks, and the Finchampstead Memorial Park.

The weekend of celebration started in Wokingham town centre on Saturday with a fun day at the Howard Palmer Park.

The Wokingham Town Council-organised event, which was supported by the Wokingham Times, started with the unveiling of a specially-commissioned Jubilee plaque which was layed outside the town hall by mayor, Cllr Linda Barnes.

Wokingham's St Sebastian's Brass Band filled the Market Place with the National Anthem before later settling in Howard Palmer Park to perform a lunchtime concert.

Partygoers were able to pay tribute to the Queen by signing a book of loyal greetings, which will be sent to Buckingham Palace.

The High Steward of Wokingham, Lady Elizabeth Godsal, MBE, and the mayor judged a children's fancy dress competition.

The day's fun also included children's rides, face-painting and a junior karaoke.

In Bracknell residents in Shepherds Hill decided to go the whole hog and have a pig roast for their street party.

Sunday morning saw a Jubilee service and parade in Bracknell town centre by the Royal British Legion.

It started at the war memorial where a wreath was laid for absent friends, before 60 veterans marched and a Scottish pipe band played for the watching crowd.

The march ended at the Holy Trinity Church in Bracknell, where a special Jubilee service then took place, attended by the Mayor of the borough, Cllr Dorothy Hayes and other dignitaries.

Bracknell's Jubilee celebrations were capped with the lighting of a special Jubilee Beacon at Cabbage Hill, Warfield, by MP Andrew MacKay, one of nearly 2,000 beacons across the country.

In Crowthorne, cheering crowds waving Union Jack flags lined the High Street on Saturday in anticipation of the most exciting event of the year - the Silver and Gold Crowthorne Carnival.

The occasion called for double celebrations as it marked the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Crowthorne Carnival's Silver Jubilee.

Hoards of people dressed in silver, gold, red, white and blue gathered along the balloon-lined street to gaze at the passing parade and listen to the Charles Church Camberley Band.

Heading the procession was a Bracknell Forest Borough Council horse-drawn cart carrying the leader of the council, Cllr Paul Bettison, and chairman of Crowthorne Parish Council, Mike Pierce-Jones.

What did you think of the local and national Jubilee celebrations? And, for those old enough to remember, how did they compare to the Silver Jubilee? Write, fax or e-mail Times letters.


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