THIS week, I had the great privilege of joining in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in both Milton Keynes and London.
I was really pleased to see locally, residents showing remarkable community spirit in many street parties, carnivals, fun runs, tree plantings and much, much more.
I started my Jubilee celebrations on Saturday by attending the West Bletchley Carnival. Every year, the carnival never fails to deliver on a parade of beautiful floats.
This year was no exception as participants displayed beautiful floats in keeping with the carnival theme of ‘Commonwealth nations’.
With the Mayor, I had the difficult task of picking winning entries from the very high standard. However, Cogs 4 Dogs, Cold Harbour primary school and St Johns Ambulance were winners in their categories.
Residents of Stony Stratford also had many events to celebrate the Jubilee; including the Diamond Fun Run and the Big Jubilee Lunch, which both took place at Mortimer Park.
I was able to help send off the runners and also to be with the Mayor for the planting of a Jubilee oak tree; a sapling from an oak in the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Later, I joined residents of St Andrew’s and St George’s road in Bletchley for their street party and helped to judge the competition for the best Jubilee-themed decorated house. Then it was back to Stony Stratford for the lighting of the beacon on St Mary & St Giles Church.
A major highlight of the ceremonial events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee was the Jubilee river pageant.
I had the great privilege of watching the pageant from the terrace of the House of Commons and waving at our very own Mayor who was on one the boats in the pageant.
As we celebrate with Her Majesty, and wish her many more happy and glorious years, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many hours and collective efforts that people of varying backgrounds in Milton Keynes would have spent in planning and delivering the jubilee events. It is testimony to the strong community spirit that exists in our city.
I hope residents will show that same civic pride by joining me in my campaign to ensure that local hero, Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing, receives a pardon as we celebrate the centenary of his birth on June 23. I held a debate in the House to press the government on this very important issue.
The country, and indeed the whole world, owes Alan Turing a debt for his role at Bletchley Park in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German Enigma machine.
So vital was that information to the allied campaign that, without it, the war might have lasted much longer and, indeed, its outcome might have been very different.
Please join me in this campaign by sending emails and letters which I can pass on to ministers to show how much local support there is for Alan Turing to be pardoned.