City celebrates in right royal style

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IT was a weekend of fun in Milton Keynes as thousands donned their Union Jacks the celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Parties broke out all over the city as streets came together to enjoy the extended bank holiday weekend.

The High Street in Stony Stratford was decked top to tail in bunting and flags as people poured into the road to celebrate, while The Bull held a celebratory tea dance. MP Iain Stewart even made an appearance with the mayor of Milton Keynes Catriona Morris.

Hundreds walked around Willen Lake in fancy dress, and people at the Moorlands Centre in Beanhill went all out for their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Staff at Red Hot Buffet in the Theatre District got in the festive spirit with their delicious Union Jack cake.

And a special mention must go to the residents of Great Horwood who turned out in their hundreds – 800 in fact –to celebrate.

The folks in Mursley decorated just about everything they could with Union Jack flags to mark he occasion.

Schools also spent their last week before half term learning about the royal family and holding tea parties to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Pupils at Swallowfield School in Woburn Sands danced around the Maypole and Wavendon Gate School held a huge party for everyone.

But the bird’s eye view of the jubilee went to they city crew aboard the official boat for Milton Keynes in the River Thames pageant.

On board was Deputy Lieutenant for Bucks, Francesca Skelton, chief executive of the MK Community Foundation Julia Upton, Mayor Catriona Morris and MK Lions chief executive Vince Macauley.

“It was wonderful to be part of history in the making. It was such a privilege,” said Julia.

Jubilee picture gallery