Stratton Audley celebrates The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style, with a stunningly successful street party on Sunday 5th June.
With heavy rain forecast for the day, an extra marquee was assembled (loaned by Lisa Collins) and the Church was utilised for additional seating. Remarkably the rain held off and an amazing day unfolded. The party kicked off at midday with free Pimms for all adults courtesy of The Red Lion and over 200 residents and friends joined the festivities. Cakes began to arrive for entry into the Bake-Off competition and children followed trails, created their own flags and experimented with face painting.
Mike Gore and the Platinums provided fantastic entertainment throughout the afternoon. Grateful thanks to Alvis, Frank, Keith, Kelvin and of course our very own Mike Gore ably supported by their respective partners including Antonia. And special mention should be made of the contribution given by Simeon Goss who performed several numbers.
Prizes were awarded for best dressed table courtesy of Toho 35 Cocktail Bar & Restaurant and Sophie’s Salon. The cake judging got underway with 18 remarkable entries and after much deliberation three adults and three childrens cakes were selected as winners. Thanks to Cafe Wolseley for the super prizes and Graham Nash, Sarah Howson and Chris Fitzgerald for judging. Nash’s Bakery created a cake fit for a Queen and before cutting it, everyone raised a glass to Her Majesty and sang the National Anthem. As the afternoon progressed, children were eager to claim their free ice cream presented by Stratton Audley Barn. A stonker of a right royal quiz resulted in a winner who managed to get 12 of the 15 answers correct and was duly given a £50 voucher to spend at Toho 35. Thank you Dillie for the entertaining questions! More photos of the cake judging and the children’s area are included in a separate email.
The day concluded with a Songs of Praise in the Church and whilst this took place, the hectic pack up got underway! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and take down the marquees and to everyone who helped throughout the day and with the clear up. It was a resounding success and according to many, a day that will live long in the memory of those who attended and collectively made the party such a happy community spirited affair.