Sunday, 20 June 2021

Party time in Queen Street (obviously)

RESIDENTS of Queen Street in Henley enjoyed an afternoon of live music when they celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday.

RESIDENTS of Queen Street in Henley enjoyed an afternoon of live music when they celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The road was shut from noon to midnight on Saturday while groups of teenagers who regularly play at Magoos in Hart Street, Henley, performed on a stage.

They included Lottie Bell, 17, of New Street, Henley, who played acoustic versions of pop songs backed by 18-year-old drummer Ross Duncan, who also lives in the town.

A rock band fronted by singer and guitarist Angus Trott played classic rock numbers including You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones, I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness and Tiny Dancer by Elton John.

The youngsters were collecting money to go towards the running costs of this year’s Music on the Meadows, a free family music festival which will take place on Mill Meadows, Henley, on July 16.

Tables were set up along the middle of the street and residents brought out picnic food to share with one another.

Some set up barbecues and sat in deckchairs in their front gardens.

Red, white and blue bunting was strung across the road and an inflatable badminton net was set up between the tables for children.

Resident Maggie Atkinson, who organised the music, said: “It has been a lovely and very special day which has brought everybody out to listen and have fun.

“There’s a lovely sense of community, which is what I love about events like this.

“The performers have really enjoyed it and they’ve been earning quite a bit of money for the festival.

“They’ve played to an awesome standard and I’m incredibly proud of them.

“People have been very generous with their sponsorship so I imagine they’ve appreciated it.

“We’re very grateful for everyone’s support.”

Her neighbour Mandy Reid, who arranged the rest of the celebrations, said: “Everyone has come together to make this a success — I only really organised the road closure.

“Many of us have lived here for 15 years or more, although there are a couple of new families and it’s a great way to get to know them.

“It’s lovely to have the road closed so we can all just be outside. There’s so much traffic in Henley that you can’t usually do that.

“We would have liked a bit more sunshine but it has still been a lot of fun. “It has been very relaxed and chilled out for everyone.

“We’re lucky to have such lovely people in the town and we’re proud to be celebrating the Queen’s birthday.”

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