Jubilee street party inspires poem
Getting to know your neighbours was all part of the fun, writes Eleanor Newton
NORTH Devon Gazette reader Eleanor Newton from Northam was so moved by the success of the Cross Street jubilee party that she put pen to paper and wrote a poem to mark the occasion.
We met and gathered and all celebrated in style
Children paraded in costume and in style.
The weather was overcast and wet
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But it made no difference when we all met
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Bunting hung above us as we did sit
Many hands for help arrived from up and down the street
A wonderful street party, an occasion for neighbours to meet
The gazebos were raised the tables beautifully laid down
Decorations were abundant and the Jubilee Queen was awarded crown!
I want to thank the Methodist Church on Cross Street
Where we were given an alternative place to meet
Face painting, nail painting, art and craft were available
Delicious cakes were made and set out upon the table
Houses were decorated, a real sight to see
As we all thoroughly enjoyed the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Prizes were awarded to the best dressed house and child
And prizes were awarded to the decorative cakes that had been styled
Children were called outside to eat
Delicious quantities of food laid out upon the street
Young families, teenagers, adults and the elderly
Were all brought together in one big celebratory
Nina from Raspberry Roots had organised the affair
An amazing events manager, not just good with hair!
An abundance of money was raised for the Harbour Charity
A refuge for the homeless, a place of security
Music played out, alighting each person’s mood
As well as the abundance of magnificent food
The children were then retreated to sit in the church pew
To watch Punch and Judy hosted by a fantastic crew
As I sat watching all the children’s and adults faces with delight
I thought this is what church is about and logged down in memory the sight
Many of the church parishioners came and gave freely their presence
Assisting in the background, I felt grateful for their essence
Chris spoke throughout the day, commentating on the event
His voice was amazing, a truly admirable gent!
As the Punch and Judy ended, we all met up again under the church door
And drew the raffle that raised money for Harbour
The prizes were fantastic and greatly received by everyone
Local businesses had been extremely generous to support us in our fun
We then moved on to tug of war – a hilarious scene to watch
Then adults took their turn locked into the stocks!
As time progressed and thank-yous were said to everyone involved
Many people stayed to assist tidying up, from young to old
The street was cleared and in my mind a picture will remain
Of Nina cycling up and down Cross Street in the rain!
How beautiful to spend this day getting to know our neighbour
I am grateful to the Queen for this day free of labour
Special occasions like this are so important for everyone
Breaking down barriers and promoting neighbourhood fun
Cross Street and the surrounding area is now setting up a committee
So we can all meet again like this annually!
So come on all of you wonderful neighbours in Northam and beyond
Join us next year in our gathering or create your own street bond.
Thank you Nina and to all those who assisted to organise this wonderful event
My family and I are extremely grateful for your time spent.