Residents of Middlebeck in Newark are reminiscing fondly on the community spirit that was showcased as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and giving thanks to the resident volunteers who helped coordinate proceedings.
Volunteer residents from across the neighbourhood, alongside master developer Urban&Civic joined forces to bring the community together to mark this iconic milestone.
The traditional street party took place along Willows Walk, where the road had been closed off and neighbours garden furniture pooled to allow residents to gather to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne in style.
Donning crowns, flags and their best fancy dress, neighbours came together to enjoy BBQ street food from the Fire Pit Men and picnic feasts fit for a Queen and country.
From table tennis and traditional garden games to a bouncy castle and arts and crafts, neighbours of all ages took part in a whole host of activities, designed to bring people together and ignite a sense of community amongst residents.
Balloon decorations and bunting adorned residents front gardens and communal areas as friends and neighbours danced away from dusk till dawn.
Kyle Smith, Communities and Partnerships Lead at Urban&Civic said: “It was heart-warming to see what Middlebeck residents had created for their neighbours to enjoy together, and what a party they had!
“From the beaming smiles that can be seen here, it’s clear to see how much fun everybody was having celebrating with one another, and that’s what is so special about a community like this.
“Residents were out all day in the best of spirits, fully immersing themselves in the celebrations and getting to know their neighbours a little better – further reinforcing the true community spirit we’re lucky to have at Middlebeck.”
Chris Redmile, organiser and resident of Willows Walk said: “It was important for us that we marked this one-off milestone in our nation's history, and I’m pleased to share how much of a fantastic day really was had by all.
“I would like to thank the residents and Urban&Civic for their contributions on the day day, we celebrated with all spirit and, of course, the 'Pomp and Pageantry' that Her Majesty would expect!”
Middlebeck residents continue to work in partnership with Urban&Civic to curate events for all members of the family through the year.
Middlebeck is now home to over 450 families who are living in the new community, Christchurch CofE Primary School, Gannets café and opening this summer the Middlebeck Cycle Hub delivered by Newark Cycles.
A further 2750 homes are planned at Houlton over the next 10-15 years and homes are available through a range of housebuilders on site. Visit www.middlebecknewark.com to find out more about this new community.