Platinum Jubilee fun day celebrates the Queen's record-breaking reign

09 June 2022

Crowds flocked to an event in Spondon to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee which was made more special by a guest of honour.

Terry McDermott, a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire, attended on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant who is the Queen's representative in the county, and officially opened the 1950s Fun Day at the Old School on Chapel Street.

The event, on the Jubilee Bank Holiday, reflected the beginning of the Queen's 70-year record-breaking reign.  So, outside the old school - now a bridge centre - there were traditional games such as skittles, hoop-la, hook-a-duck, and splat the rat which were new to today's youngsters and nostalgic for older generations.

Inside the building, bedecked with bunting, Union flags and balloons, there was a variety of stalls, a display of photos of Spondon in the 1950s provided by the local Historical Society, and a quiz about Spondon and royalty. Youngsters had a chance to write a message to the Queen.

Local choir Mixed Blessings gave two performances of songs from over the decades and finished with the National Anthem, and a group which practice the Tibetan martial art of Tutsedo gave a demonstration.

Organisers hope to use any surplus money in the community.

Photo credit: Michael Liggins