Rochford celebrates Queen’s platinum jubilee

Residents of Rochford celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style over the long bank holiday weekend with scores of street parties.

The festivities got a formal start with the lighting of the Rochford District Beacon in Rayleigh, on Thursday evening. The evening also saw the illumination of the Rayleigh Windmill in purple light.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, which included music from the Rayleigh Salvation Army Band, joined by members of the Rayleigh Royal British Legion, Rayleigh Army Cadets, and representatives from the Rayleigh Scouts and Rayleigh Girl Guides.

Cllr Mike Steptoe, Chairman of Rochford District Council, and Reverend Kim Lepley oversaw the lighting along with local dignitaries including Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford.

Cllr Steptoe said: “It was wonderful to see so many residents come out and join in the celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s landmark achievement. This was a weekend of celebrating our unique Monarch and creating many happy memories that will stay with people for a very long time.”

You can share and tag photos of your celebration on social media using hashtag #RDCPlatinumJubilee and #RDCHM70

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Mick Ferris

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