Saturday, 19 June 2021

Beacon marks Queen's 90th in Henley

A BEACON was lit on Makins recreation ground in Henley to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

A BEACON was lit on Makins recreation ground in Henley to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The ceremony was held at 9.45pm on Saturday following a family fun day organised by residents of the neighbouring Gainsborough estate, including Paula Isaac, Sam Chapman, Jo McDonagh and Dave Irwin.

Children enjoyed face-painting, welly-wanging, a bouncy castle and a rounders competition while adults sat around tables listening to music and enjoying a picnic or barbecue food with Pimm’s.

Mrs McDonagh, of Gainsborough Hill, said: “It’s a chance for the community to come together and have a really good knees-up for Her Majesty.

“We could have done with a few more people at the very beginning but everyone joined in with the rounders, including the parents. There was a lot of laughter, jokes and fun. It was very chilled and relaxed.”

Throughout the day, Henley town councillors David Eggleton and Kellie Hinton were asking children’s views on possible new play equipment.

Cllr Hinton said: “We’ve narrowed it down to a few options but we wanted to make sure that any upgrades reflect what’s most popular. We had some very helpful feedback.

“It was a wonderful afternoon. The Gainsborough residents worked extremely hard to make it happen so they deserve to celebrate as they put so much effort into their community throughout the year. They’re a fantastic bunch.”

Cllr Eggleton, who lives in Gainsborough Road, said: “It was a great day. It died down a bit when the football came on but people came back to watch the beacon being lit.

“It was open to everyone and a lot of visitors from outside the estate said they were very impressed with the work we’ve done in our community. We all really enjoyed it.”

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